SR 520 Project to be Reviewed Statewide
Following an announcement in February saying that changes are being made to the 520 floating bridge pontoons built in Aberdeen, the new state Transportation Department Secretary Lynn Peterson has ordered a review of three megaprojects. This includes the new 520 floating bridge. Also being reviewed will be the new Interstate 5 bridge crossing the Columbia River, and the tunnel replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle.
Each project costs billions of dollars.
Peterson said Thursday the assessment would be led by a program manager for the CH2M Hill engineering company, Ron Paananen. He’s the former DOT project director for the Seattle tunnel project.
His review is due by the end of September. He’ll recommend ways to clarify lines of decision-making, resolve disputes and hold down costs.