Transportation

Workers are replacing the deck on the Interstate 82 bridge connecting Washington to Oregon and rehabilitating critical steel components to improve safety. (Courtesy DOT)

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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A new $10 million bridge across Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Idaho, would improve rail traffic in Pasco, BNSF Railway officials told Tri-City leaders during a recent community meeting. The permitting process is moving forward on the $100 million Sandpoint Junction connector project to build a second rail bridge to span the Idaho lake. (Courtesy BNSF)

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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Mike Lahr, vice president of logistics, from left, Christine Parks, terminal manager, and Tyler Denslow, dispatcher and truck driver, stand outside Hittman Transport Services in north Richland. Parent company Energy Solutions acquired the location from Apogee Logistics. Hittman specializes in the transportation of radioactive and hazardous material. The new terminal opened in mid-July 2017.

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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Federal law now requires carriers and drivers to use electronic logging devices, or ELDs, to help create a safer work environment and make it easier to accurately track, manage and share data. (Courtesy Omnitracs)

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. Mike Coyner has operated Tri-City Taxi for his mother since 2011, after taking over from his late father. His grandfather Harold Coyner started the company in 1980 in Kennewick. […]

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