WSDOT says it wasn't their workers drinking on the jobon May 23, 2012 @ 9:48 am (Updated: 9:13 am - 5/24/12 )
KOMO TV reports employees at contractor KGM's offices were drinking at their desks, allegedly during business hours, as they worked on the $600 million 520 bridge replacement project.
The Washington Department of Transportation's Steve Pierce says it is unacceptable, but it likely will not affect their contract on the project.
"They went through a very extensive process with other bidders. They have a world renowned reputation for floating bridge expertise," he says.
And Pierce says KGM in general has an excellent safety record.
WSDOT has begun their own investigation to make sure no state workers were drinking on the job. At this point, Pierce says, they have no reason to believe any of them were. He says when they would have 520 bridge meetings in the KGM offices, state workers never noticed anyone drinking.
The Secretary of Transportation has sent an email to all state transportation workers reminding them of Washington's strict no-alcohol policy and asking them to report any violations.
Pierce is confident in the multiple levels of quality control checks in place on the 520 project. He says drivers eventually traveling on that new bridge have no reason to be worried for their safety.
By KIM SHEPARD, 97.3 KIRO FM Reporter
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