Transportation

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State gears up to build rock fence, improve I-182, Highway 12

Work is expected to begin in May on the biggest rock fence in Washington state’s history—and it’s not along the slopes of Snoqualmie Pass but along Highway 730 south of the Wallula junction. “That whole stretch from the Oregon border to the Wallula junction, there’s boulders in the ditch and there have been cars and…

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Pasco train congestion could be improved with new Idaho bridge

Coalition of Washington business group supports $10 million project Planning is underway to build a new BNSF Railway bridge in Idaho that’s expected to improve train traffic in Pasco. BNSF Railway and Keep Washington Competitive representatives met recently in Pasco about the project. The permitting process is moving forward on the $100 million Sandpoint Junction…

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Hittman Transport Services opens Northwest terminal in north Richland

Company recently took over Apogee Logistics’ former facility Hanford contractors have a new local set of wheels at their disposal. Hittman Transport Services, a national leader in the transport of radioactive and hazardous material shipments, has established its Northwest terminal in north Richland. “We’re the largest premier transportation company of radioactive waste and nuclear fuel…

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New federal regulations aim to keep workers safe, help track shipments

Kennewick business owners support use of required electronic logging devices The transportation industry is feeling the effects of new regulations that went into effect at the end of 2017. After a 24-month phase-in period, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, now requires carriers and drivers to use electronic logging devices, or ELDs, to…

Tri-City officials continue their efforts to convince an airline to provide a Pasco-to-Los Angeles flight. A coalition representing cities, counties, ports and businesses ponied up to offset the start-up costs for an airline last year. (Courtesy Tri-Cities Airport)

New Pasco-to-LAX flight remains in holding pattern

The proposed and much anticipated Pasco-to-Los Angeles flight first announced in 2015 hasn’t taken off yet. But local officials haven’t given up hope. “At this point we’re in a holding pattern,” said Carl Adrian, president and CEO of TRIDEC, with no pun intended. Adrian said the Tri-Cities is ready, but it’s just a matter of…

Instructor Wayne Ellis teaches a group of truck driver students at Martinez Trucking’s new school, Martinez Technical Institute, in Pasco.

Demand for drivers prompts Martinez Trucking to open its own school

The trucking industry has had a tough time finding qualified drivers over the last 10 to 15 years. So Martinez Trucking decided to do something about it by creating its own truck drivers’ school. [blockquote quote=”Today’s truck driver has to be tech savvy.” source=”Z Martinez, operations manager for Martinez Trucking” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] It’s called the…

UPS driver Tom Ravella hauls a 105-foot rig made up of three trailers on 26 wheels carrying a maximum load of 105,000 pounds.

Kennewick UPS driver boasts 25 years of accident-free driving

Tom Ravella said road safety starts with putting away phone, staying focused A Kennewick UPS driver gives thanks every time he safely returns from one of his daily road trips. Tom Ravella, 55, typically drives 350 miles a day between Hermiston and the Farewell Bend area in Oregon, five days a week. That’s 1,750 miles…

WSDOT workers pour the approach slab for the bridge on Highway 395 northbound over the Lewis Street off-ramp in Pasco. (Courtesy DOT)

DOT spring projects include repaving, adding cameras at intersections

Cabin fever has broke. And with warmer weather, workers at the state Department of Transportation have been eager to get outside to start on projects to improve roadways and traffic flow in Benton and Franklin counties. “One project that we’re going to start on in the middle of April is on (Interstate) 82,” said Alex…

Tri-City Taxi moves to Richland

Tri-City Taxi moves from Pasco into new Richland building

37-year-old company keeping close eye on how Uber affects its business The region’s biggest taxi company moved its operations from Pasco to Richland earlier this month. [blockquote quote=”We have no control over Uber and what’s going to happen.” source=”Mike Coyner, owner of Tri-City Taxi” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] Mike Coyner has operated Tri-City Taxi for his mother…

City of Richland's Transportation Benefit District.

Richland vehicle fee to offset costs for bridge project, street improvements

Proposed $20 annual car registration fee to generate $850,000 annually Nobody likes to pay extra taxes, but Richland city officials say the one they’re proposing will benefit the city for years to come. [blockquote quote=”The transportation benefit district is intended to add dedicated funding to the city’s street resurfacing project and the Duportail Bridge.” source=”Pete…

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