520 Bridge

WSDOT Megaprojects
4:54 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Consultant Report Reviews WSDOT’s Megaprojects

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A key part of Washington state’s transportation department should be reorganized, according to a new consultant’s report . The report stems from costly mistakes on the 520 floating bridge project near Seattle.

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Investing Into Citizenship
5:06 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Foreign Investors Learn 'Bridge To Nowhere' Leads To Visas After All

Viewed from above Medina, Wash., the new SR 520 floating bridge takes shape next to the current bridge.
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For a while, it looked like a major highway project across Lake Washington near Seattle could end up as a "bridge to nowhere" for nearly 100 immigrant investors. But now, after a long wait, the federal government has given the green light to process the green card applications of these wealthy businesspeople in exchange for their help financing the new SR-520 floating bridge.

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520 Bridge
4:37 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Inslee Says 520 Bridge Pontoon Cracks Shouldn't Derail Funding Package

Washington Dept. of Transportation

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 4:27 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he’s “grossly disappointed” by mistakes that led to cracks in the pontoons for the new 520 bridge over Seattle’s Lake Washington. But the Democrat says those problems should not derail his plans for a transportation funding package this year.

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520 Bridge
5:16 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

520 Bridge Workers Caught Drinking On The Job

Wednesday morning KOMO 4 Television broadcast a story showing workers on the 520 Bridge construction project drinking on the job.
Photo credit: Jelson25 Wikimedia Commons

KOMO 4 Television broadcast a story showing workers on the 520 Bridge construction project drinking on the job. Washington State Department of Transportation is launching an investigation looking into the details.

KOMO’s story caught employees walking into work carrying two twelve packs of beer on a Friday afternoon. Hidden cameras also showed several workers swigging back bottles of beer at their desks, allegedly during work hours.

The workers are employees of KGM, a joint venture firm of Kiewit, General and Manson. The company won the bid to design and build the 520 floating bridge. The contract is worth $586 million.

WSDOT Communications Director Steve Pierce says the company is highly regarded. He isn’t worried about the quality of their work.

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