The new Highway 520 bridge is expected to open for traffic in April. The new bridge provides commuters with two general-purpose lanes and one carpool-bus lane in each direction. The tolls will stay in place.
Least you think that the 520 bridge is a success… think again. The Seattle Times,
“The floating section was to open in late 2014, but was delayed, primarily to repair cracks, blamed on design errors by the state, that formed in the four large pontoons as they were built in Grays Harbor…
“Cost overruns have soared to almost $400 million, including increases for the section where the highway goes on land through the Eastside.”
Of course, the time and cost overruns should come as no surprise. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) isn’t known for being the most competent government agency.
Charlie Beatty says
Every WSDOT project comes in late and cost overruns. The I-405 tolling is another glaring example. Why would we expect anything different here? Drastic changes need to be made in WASDOT, starting with top level management.