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Washington Megaprojects Study Could Costs $475,000

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SEATTLE (AP) - Washington could pay as much as $475,000 for an outside study of three Transportation Department megaprojects - the new Highway 520 floating bridge and the Highway 99 tunnel in Seattle and a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River.
    
The department hired consultant Ron Paananen in March after learning it would have to spend tens of millions of dollars to fix and redesign pontoons for the floating bridge after cracking in the first batch produced at Grays Harbor. He's a former DOT project manager. The department also hired the former director of the Utah Transportation Department, John Njord.
    
A work order released through a public records request shows that Paananen will be paid up to $325,000 and Njord up to $150,000.

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