– Work continues on the new Port of Entry station on I90 near State Line. Crews right now are working on the interior of the main weigh station building and the truck inspection building. Most of the major work is expected to be complete sometime this spring or summer and the Washington State Patrol can begin installing their systems. When the facility becomes operational and truck traffic begins to use the new facility, the old weigh station at the Stateline Interchange will be removed.

– Travelers have a new option to check on the status of the Keller Ferry in Eastern Washington. The route information has been added to the automated telephone system that serves the Puget Sound routes of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferry Division. Although the Keller Ferry is operated by the WSDOT Eastern Region, rather than the Ferry Division, it is a water route and seems logical to include it on the ferry information system.

Just call 5-1-1, select the ‘ferries’ option, then select “Keller Ferry” as the option when prompted on the menu.

– A number of WSDOT transportation projects, along with the contractors and engineering crews, were recently singled out for awards by the Department and the Associated General Contractors.

Three Eastern Region projects were selected as winners of the 2010 “Partnership for Excellence in Contract Administration” awards. In the “Less Than $3 million” category, Frank Gurney, Inc. and the engineering team from Bob Hilmes’ project office were recognized for their work on the 07-09 Roadside Safety Improvements project.

In the “$3 million to $10 million” category, Inland Asphalt and the engineering team from Chad Simonson’s office picked up the award for the US 395/Spokane City Limits to Stevens County line job, and for projects over $10 million, Acme Concrete Paving and Bob Hilmes’ team received the honors for their work on the North Spokane Corridor/Francis to Farwell concrete paving project.

These teams were judged by a panel using criteria that included customer focused administration, innovative problem solving, overcoming extraordinary challenges, effective contract administration, schedule, and safety.

Another award came from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of the Inland Northwest. The AGC gave one of their 2010 Build Northwest Awards for project excellence to Cameron Reilly, LLC for their work on the WSDOT/US 2-Division Street/Wellesley Avenue concrete intersection. These awards recognize excellence in construction throughout the Inland Northwest.

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