Washington truckers help state test floating bridge

| 8/15/2005

Eight flatbed truck drivers and their trucks have been recruited for an unusual job in Seattle.

On the weekend of September 10, they’ll each load up with 148,000 pounds of concrete blocks, then drive repeatedly across a floating bridge on Interstate 90.

Washington transportation planners say the idea is to simulate the movement of a light-rail train, which they’re considering using on the bridge.

A spokesman for Puget Sound Transit told Land Line that they already know it’s safe – and feasible – to run light-rail across the span, but that the truck test will give them engineering data they still need for designing the project.