Sad duty

NE 116th Street Bridge in Kirkland
NE 116th Street Bridge in Kirkland

NE 116th Street Bridge in Kirkland

This week all six legislators from the 45th and 48th districts sent a formal letter to the chair of the Transportation Commission asking that the NE 116th Street Bridge over Interstate 405 be renamed the “Kollin Nielson Memorial Bridge.”

Kollin Nielson was a Project Engineer with the Kiewit Pacific Construction Company when he tragically lost his life. While working on the I-405 Kirkland project he was hit and killed by a drunk driver.

We believe that this would be an important symbolic gesture to the family and co-workers that Kollin left behind, and an important reminder to the community about the dangers of drunk driving.

This is unrelated to the current legislative session, but is something that we’ve been trying to take care of for a while.

About the Author

Ross
I am the Director of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State. I formerly represented the 48th Legislative District in the State House of Representatives, chairing the Appropriations committee and spent many a year at Microsoft.