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Wash. Senate: No Delays to Bridge Project

Thu April 05, 2012 - West Edition
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The Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge—Evergreen Point (formerly the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, and commonly called the SR 520 Bridge or 520 Bridge) is the longest floating bridge on Earth at 7,497 ft.
The Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge—Evergreen Point (formerly the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, and commonly called the SR 520 Bridge or 520 Bridge) is the longest floating bridge on Earth at 7,497 ft.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to prevent a possible work stoppage on the 520 floating bridge project over environmental concerns.

The measure, HB 2814, passed the House and goes now to the governor.

It would grant the project an exemption from the state’s Shoreline Management Act, which requires a work stoppage until lawsuits contesting environmental permitting are resolved.

Supporters say the bill would ensure that 900 construction jobs and $165 million in state money would not be lost.

Opponents counter that it’s unfair for a Seattle project to get special treatment.

The bill also would require that a funding source — likely from Interstate 90 tolling — be in place before work begins on construction connecting the new 520 bridge to the western landing near the University of Washington.