Yesterday, the Washington State Department of Transportation conceded that a series of mistakes were made in the construction of the pontoons, and that it will cost us taxpayers tens of millions to fix them.
Stymied for months by cracks found in the pontoons being built in Aberdeen, outgoing Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond -- who failed to get re-upped by Gov. Inslee -- said the pesky pontoon problem will likely push the completion date of this floating boondoggle into 2015, certainly beyond the December 2014 target date.
Hammond told reporters that she's not sure about how how the price tag will reach to be able to guarantee that the darn things don't take on water. It may hit $100 million, but probably not $200 million, she said.
"The results of our internal review show that we did not follow standards of good practice to validate the pontoon design elements, and as an engineer, that is particularly frustrating," said Hammond, who now has to be counting the days until her tenure ends March 8. "We also did not strictly follow some of our protocols for oversight and administration of the contract on the construction site."
To which commenter Rachel Crittenden replies:
Seriously? Wtf. Paula Hammond has had some serious "oopsies" during her tenure. Remember the over pass where to two sides didn't meet up and they had to tear one down? I am not an anti govt person in general, but this state needs to figure out what the hell is going on in the Transportation Dept. Before we waste any more money.