New Wash. transportation official orders review

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Associated Press

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 7:03 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The new head of the Washington state Transportation Department has ordered a review of three giant projects. They include a new Interstate 5 bridge crossing the Columbia River, the new Highway 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington and the tunnel replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle.

Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson said Thursday the review would be led by a program manager for the CH2M Hill engineering company, Ron Paananen. He's the former Transportation Department project director for the Seattle tunnel project.

By the end of September, he's expected to recommend ways to clarify lines of decision-making, resolve disputes and hold down costs.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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