Whew! What a relief

Good job.

Mowat Construction earned a $91,000 incentive bonus for finishing work on the Highway 529 northbound bridge a week early. The company and its workers also earned the thanks of area residents when the bridge reopened Thursday evening.

For commuters, the reopening brought relief. The post-Labor Day work week looks a bit brighter for anybody in Everett or Marysville as well as for just about anybody who commutes north of Mountlake Terrace in the afternoons.

The gridlock shock of August brought serious attention from the state Department of Transportation. It was refreshing to see officials actually willing to apologize and admit having blown the planning process.

Commuters appreciate the early relief on the recent project. As the DOT looks ahead to future work on Highway 529, officials will have a chance to do a better job. But the DOT’s leadership will surely understand if wary motorists and transit riders revert to a state of tension at the mention of upcoming rounds of work. A sense of relief when the dentist finishes work on a cavity doesn’t make the patient eager for another appointment.

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