WSDOT Pontoon Replacement SR520

Pierce County

Ofnee of the County Executive
930 T m a Avenue South, Room 737 Tacoma, Washington 98402-2100

PATMcCARTHY Executive (253) 7987477 pmcca~.pierce.wa.us

(253) 79874779 FAX (253) 790-6628 www.piercrrcouniywa.org

K M N R PHELPS . Deputy Executive
(253) 7987477 kp~co.pierce.wa.us

October 1,2010 The Honorable Christine Gregoire, Governor P 0 Box 40002 Olympia, WA 98504-0002 Re: WSDOT Pontoon Replacement Project - SR 520

Dear Governor Gregoire:
At a recent meeting of the Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board, upon which we all serve, a representative fiom the Department of Transportation gave a report on Phase 1 of the SR 520 mega-project. He stated that the construction of the pontoons for the floating bridge was to be done in Grays Harbor County. The question was asked why Grays Harbor County and not Pierce County's Port of Tacoma which is closer to SR 5201 The answer was somewhat unclear other than to say there were environmental concerns regarding the Tacoma location. We were surprised and quite frankly disappointed. We're writing to encourage the state to include a large portion of this important work here in Tacoma Previous phases of the SR 520 mega-project have been sited in the Grays Hsrrbor regioa While we support economic development throughout the state, we also know that Pierce County/Tawma is suffering higher than average unemployment rates, particularly in the construction trades. A project of this scale would assist in keeping valuable constructionjobs here in the South Sound. We hereby request that we be informed of any general contractors with whom WSDOT is working or provides construction documents, so that we can make this same request of these firms.

- and more would be on the way if WSDOT awards the construction project to a Tacoma firm. We understand
that Phase 2 Pontoons are smaller and could easily be fabricated in Pierce CountyRacoma
We look forward to helping WSDOT construct quality replacement pontoons on this critical infrastructure replacement project. As representatives of Pierce County and Tacoma and with support fhm the Port of Tacoma officials we want you to know that we me ready to go to work!

Building pontoons for floating bridges is not new to our area Graving yard facilities are ready to go in the Port

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Pat McCarthy Pierce County Executive PSRC Executive Board

Derek Young PSRC Executive Bo

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cc: Paula Hammond, Secretary, WSDOT Clare Petrich, Port of Tacoma Director, PSRC

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