OLYMPIA — The state Department of Transportation has picked the Aberdeen Log Yard as its preferred site for building State Route 520 bridge pontoons. State officials had also considered sites in Grays Harbor and Hoquiam for bridge construction.
The Transportation Department is planning to replace the 45-year-old span across Lake Washington between Seattle and Bellevue. They hope to begin construction in 2010 and finish the new bridge by 2014.
The Transportation Department picked the Aberdeen Log Yard because it seems to have the fewest economic and ecological challenges of the sites considered.
The state plans to issue a request for proposals on Aug. 24 for contractors to construct pontoons at the Aberdeen site. The design-build contract will be worth between $300 million and $500 million.