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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 2, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Expensive delay with Highway-520 bridge pontoons

Outside firm should have done the job

At a cost of tens of millions of dollars, the four cracked Highway 520 pontoons are being fixed in dry dock at Vigor Shipyard in Elliott Bay. [Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times.]

At a cost of tens of millions of dollars, the four cracked Highway 520 pontoons are being fixed in dry dock at Vigor Shipyard in Elliott Bay. [Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times.]

A state design team’s engineering error will cost taxpayers at least $81.1 million. [“Big bill and big delay to fix new 520 pontoons,” page one, July 31.]

Why was the design of the new floating bridge left up to a state design team, which clearly wasn’t up to the task, instead of hiring an outside engineering firm, which could at least be held accountable to pick up the tab for costly errors in design?

Let’s hope the same design team didn’t work on the new downtown tunnel.

Charles Hodson, Federal Way

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