Aberdeen Pontoons among WSDOT Projects to be Reviewed

Aberdeen Pontoon Construction SiteABERDEEN, Wash. – The pontoon construction project in Aberdeen is among three giant projects that the new head of the State Transportation Department said yesterday needed to be fully reviewed. Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson said the review would be led by a program manager for the CH2M Hill engineering company, Ron Paananen.
The projects include a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia River, the new Highway 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington and the tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle.

The assessment will review the process used for key project decisions and how those decisions are documented to ensure the best accountability and project-delivery practices. 

Ron Paananen, CH2M Hill program manager and former WSDOT administrator and project director, will lead the assessment of theAlaskan Way Viaduct Replacement, the State Route 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program, and the Interstate 5 Columbia River Crossing projects. 

“Ron’s experience managing large-scale projects and his reputation across the state and country is second to none,” said Secretary Peterson. “It’s our goal to build on the progress begun under Secretary Hammond to ensure our transportation system is safe and Washington taxpayers’ investments are sound.” 

Paananen’s review will consider and recommend any improvements that clarify lines of decision making and allow quick dispute resolution to provide cost-effective project delivery. Conclusions and recommendations from the review, which is scheduled to be complete by September 30, 2013, will be made public. Secretary Peterson will receive weekly updates on its progress.