AASHTO Journal, 15 August 2014
Photo courtesy Washington State Department of Transportation
Sometimes even the best prepared agency is faced with an unimagined situation. TransComm’s monthly webinar, which will take place Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, will feature Washington State Department of Transportation staff describing how WSDOT responded when a mile-long, mile-wide landslide wiped out a neighborhood northeast of the Seattle area on March 22. The immediate and long-term reactions to the landslide, which killed 43 people, challenged WSDOT in unique ways.
Without a traditional “playbook,” WSDOT staff tackled the monumental task of clearing and rebuilding State Route 530 and reconnecting three reeling communities (see WSDOT’s project website, http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR530/Landslide/default.htm).
WSDOT will discuss how it approached families and citizens in a careful, sensitive and respectful way during the aftermath and clean up.