With the passing of Oregon’s inclusionary zoning legislation in March, the director of the Portland Housing Bureau, Kurt Creager, has stated Portland is beginning to develop a plan that would require affordable housing in certain areas of the city. Housing experts will present a plan to City Commissioner Dan Saltzman by September.
Two new squadrons of F-35 fighter jets are dividing The U.S. House and Senate over the construction funding for Eielson Air Force Base. A Senate subcommittee approved $295 million for the 2017 fiscal year, but a House committee voted to reduce funding by $82.3 million after concern arose that Alaska “has too many military construction projects planned in the next fiscal year,” said Matt Shuckerow, a spokesman for Alaska Rep. Don Young, to the Alaska Dispatch News.
Sound Transit announced that the tunnel boring machine (TBM) reached the wall of its retrieval shaft at the University of Washington light rail station, completing one of two 3.5-mile tunnels for the Northgate Link Extension. The tunnel will serve northbound light rail trains to Northgate beginning in 2021. A time-lapse video released by Sound Transit shows crews preparing the interior wall of the retrieval shaft at the University of Washington Station for the arrival of the TBM.
The Washington State Department of Transportation opened the westbound lanes of the Washington State Route 520 bridge over Lake Washington April 11. The SR 520 Floating Bridge and Landings project replaces the existing floating bridge and approaches and is located just east of Foster Island in Seattle to Evergreen Point Road in Medina. The new bridge is resistant to windstorms up to 89 mph, and includes two general-purpose lanes and one transit/HOV lane in each direction, wider shoulders for disabled vehicles, a 14-ft-wide bicycle and pedestrian path on the north side of the bridge and the ability to accommodate future light rail if the region chooses to fund it in the future.