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December 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

520 pontoon contractors fined $170K for crane violations

  A 13,000-pound counterweight snapped off its cable while being lowered from a crane, nearly hitting two workers in the Highway 520 pontoon construction yard at Grays Harbor, state investigators learned in June. That incident, captured on video, led to a citation and $170,500 in fines against the Kiewit General Joint Venture, the state Department…

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October 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Man rescued after falling inside 520 pontoon

Update at 9 p.m.: The man who fell inside a pontoon was rescued Thursday afternoon, according to the Washington State Department of Transprotation. He has a leg injury but is in stable condition. Original post: The Bellevue Fire Department is working to rescue a man who fell 15 to 20 feet inside a pontoon that’s part of the 520 Floating Bridge project. Officials are…

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April 12, 2013 at 11:31 AM

One fired, one demoted for state DOT pontoon errors

The state’s chief bridge engineer has been fired, and one other Department of Transportation employee demoted, in the wake of design flaws that caused cracks in the first batch of new Highway 520 bridge pontoons. Jugesh Kapur, head of the DOT’s Bridge and Structures office, confirmed in a phone interview Friday that he was let go. Kapur said he has no other…

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February 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Fixing 520 bridge pontoon cracks to cost tens of millions

The new floating bridge, shown from the west, is now estimated to be completed by September 2015. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times) Millions of dollars must be spent to fix the pontoons being built for a new 520 bridge, transportation officials said Tuesday, after underwater inspections revealed that the pontoons’ worst cracks grew over the…

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September 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM

What to do with the old Seattle floating bridge? How about a cemetery?

The Associated Press After the Highway 520 floating bridge in Seattle is replaced in a couple of years, what will happen to the old pontoons? That was the question for an international competition organized by Washington State University architecture graduate student Sara Strouse. The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports ideas include floating housing and office space…

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August 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

New bridge pontoon due in Seattle on Sunday

The Associated Press The first pontoon for the new Highway 520 floating bridge is on its way from Aberdeen to Seattle. The Transportation Department says the 360-foot-long pontoon was towed out of Grays Harbor Wednesday and should arrive in Lake Washington on Sunday. It’s one of the largest of 77 pontoons being built for the new bridge.

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November 3, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Will the 520 Bridge pontoons fit through the Ballard Locks?

With news that 33 massive pontoons are being built in Aberdeen and will be floated to Seattle when they are needed for the Highway 520 Bridge replacement, a questions arises: Will they fit through the Ballard Locks? The answer is yes. But it’s going to be a tight squeeze. The pontoons are 75 feet wide. The Locks are 80 feet across, so the pontoons…

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