Speed of construction is unimpressive “I can’t imagine this being done any faster,” says Don Wick of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County. [“Less than month after collapse, temporary I-5 bridge is finished,” NW Wednesday, June 19.]Well, Mr. Wick, 50-plus years ago, we army engineers built Bailey bridges overnight, using nothing but hand labor….More
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Government is slow, incapableI am a pro-government liberal, but it is projects like this that cause people to conclude the government is incompetent [“More Mercer misery,” page one, May 8]. No private construction company would have take this long to complete this project. I drive by the site daily and what I consistently see is little…More
Protecting views prevents progress Regarding Monday’s article, “Needle, Needle, who’ll see the Needle?” [NWMonday, March 11]: The issues here are a few people and a private company (the Space Needle Owners) trying to prevent economic advancement, construction jobs, high-tech and medical employment and housing from proceeding for sake of their views. One can see the Space Needle…More
Privatized construction might have prevented this If there was ever a good example of why more state government work should be outsourced and privatized, it’s the millions of dollars the state will cost us for having done their own defective engineering in the design of the 520 bridge [“State admits costly mistakes on 520 bridge,”...More