More stories about WASHINGTON

  • Will Seattle's innovative streetcar plan work?

    Critics say streetcars are virtually useless as public transit, and agencies wrestle with how to effectively integrate them into congested downtowns. Unlike most cities, however, Seattle's would operate in a streetcar-only lane.

  • Public works department maintains airport

    With a no-fail objective, Paine Field holds its department and employees to the highest standards.

  • FREE download: Managing flood risk

    An engineering organization blasts Washington's inability to develop a viable mechanism for building and maintaining infrastructure that alleviates flooding. This free report assesses what needs to be done.

  • Hosting online surveys and polls

    By leveraging online survey tools, public works departments can quickly and efficiently collect feedback from both citizens and employees.

  • Drones are being tested in some locales

    Drones may be the greatest thing since the Internet, if public agencies can convince constituents they aren’t too invasive.

  • How drones work

    Drones may be the greatest thing since the Internet, if public agencies can convince constituents they aren’t too invasive.

  • Never rely on an old worksite survey

    A state DOT that used a 30-year-old asbestos survey has been fined $56,000 for worker safety violations.

  • Reducing Risk

    Four years ago, King County, Wash., implemented a project-assessment system that's reducing unpleasant cost and timeline surprises on multimillion-dollar public works projects.

  • Mitigating a high-risk project

    Most people wouldn’t consider building a trail particularly risky. But like any project there are inherent challenges that, if not addressed, will slow construction and increase costs.

  • How to keep elected officials happy

    King County (Wash.) has implemented a system designed to keep both staff and elected officials out of the hot seat.