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Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

Work is going full speed to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct along Seattle’s waterfront. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) demolished the viaduct’s south end – almost half of the structure – last year, and completed two new side-by-side bridges in its place. Crews have also begun work on the SR 99 tunnel – the world’s largest diameter bored tunnel. Linea Laird, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program Administrator, will discuss the technical aspects of this massive project, management strategies and coordination with other agencies and stakeholders.

Linea Laird is the Program Administrator for the Alaskan Way Viaduct (AWV) Replacement Program. She oversees all aspects of the Program as well as the SR 99 Tunnel Project, including procurement strategies, contract delivery, and coordination and communication with key stakeholders. She is also responsible for developing direction and coordinating policy issues at a project level and interacting on policy issues at a statewide level.

Linea has worked for WSDOT for 30 years. Prior to her role on the AWV Program, Linea was the State Construction Engineer, where she was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations as well as the strategic direction, leadership, and policy for the WSDOT State Construction Program. Linea served as a co-lead for the work zone safety taskforce and was active at the national level with the Transportation Research Board Committees, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Subcommittee on Construction, and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program studies.

For eight years, Linea was WSDOT Project Manager for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Project. As Project Manager, she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the project. Prior to her time with the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Project, she also served as State Maintenance Engineer and as Olympic Region Program Manager.

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