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Nearly 20 Years of Planning Comes to Fruition: SR 99 Tunnel Opens to Traffic

Courtney Purdin | 2-06-2019

This week, the State Route 99 tunnel through downtown Seattle opened to traffic, culminating many years of planning efforts. At over $3 billion, the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program has been one of the largest transportation investments in Washington State. The now-closed viaduct carried more than 110,000 vehicles per day along the City’s waterfront. While many Seattleites will miss the view from the double-decker freeway, we will all be much safer. The structure was not expected to withstand the “big one” – the major earthquake due for the Seattle area. The possibility of damage or failure in the next earthquake gave the project a sense of urgency and drive for progress.

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View from the Alaskan Way Viaduct

Parametrix began working on the envi... (more)

 

ViaBoom: Transportation Panelists Discuss the Alaskan Way Viaduct Closure

John Perlic, PE | 1-16-2019

Photo courtesy of the Pacific Science Center.

Background: The Alaskan Way Viaduct (SR99) is the "double-decker" freeway that runs along the Seattle Waterfront. This month it is being shut down permanently. Experts say the structure would not survive the big earthquake that the Seattle area is due for. Therefore it is being torn down and replaced by an underground tunnel. With Seattle traffic already hectic, this shut down has been a major topic in the news and has many Seattleites worried about their commute.

On a rainy night exactly two days and three hours prior to the permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the Pacific Science Center hosted a panel of transportation geeks to talk about the future of transportation in Seattle. The timing was great, as Seattleites grew anxious about the impending doom to their commute thanks to the extensive news coverage on the closure.

I was honored to be par... (more)

 

Parametrix Employee-Owners Volunteer at the Special Olympics 2018 USA Games

Courtney Purdin | 7-11-2018

The 2018 USA Games kicked off in Seattle, WA on Sunday, July 1 with the Opening Ceremony held at University of Washington’s Husky Stadium. As a Seattle-based firm, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to get involved in this year’s games. Parametrix is an official partner of the 2018 USA Games and gave employee-owners paid time off to volunteer during the week.

Sixty-five Parametrix employee-owners attended the opening ceremony including several that gathered before to be a part of the cheer line as the athletes made their way to the field.

cheerlineParametrix employee-owners, along with friends and family, lined up to cheer on athletes as they made their way to the field.

Kim Stuth, a graphic designer in our Puyallup, WA office, volunteered for tennis on July 3r... (more)

 

Women in Transportation: Alex Atchison, PE

3-15-2017

AlexAtchisonParametrix was recently named WTS (Women's Transportation Seminar) Puget Sound Chapter’s “Employer of the Year” for large firms. To celebrate, we will be featuring several women in transportation at Parametrix leading up to the WTS Puget Sound Chapter Scholarship and Awards Gala on March 28th.

Today we would like to introduce Alex Atchison!

Alex is the Seattle Transportation Planning Group Manager at Parametrix. She has been with Parametrix just a little over a year now and has 19 years of experience in the industry.

Favorite Project: My favorite project has been the Alaskan Way V... (more)