Letter to Residents from Brightwater Manager Gunars Sreibers

Monday, February 22, 2010

Dear Brightwater neighbor:

I am writing to you to let you know about an announcement from King County Executive Dow Constantine. The announcement concerns an important decision to protect the best interests of King County and its regional ratepayers. 

Brightwater’s four-mile west tunnel drive between Point Wells and Ballinger Way has been very successful. It is now within 130 feet of the Ballinger Way receiving shaft and is part of the ten miles of the 13-mile conveyance tunnel that has been completed.

However, on February 18, 2010, Executive Constantine made a decision to replace the central tunnel contractor who is building the Brightwater tunnel between Kenmore and Ballinger Way by pursuing a contract with the west tunnel contractor, Jay Dee, Coluccio and Taisei, to complete construction of this tunnel. The Executive made this decision because he is extremely concerned about construction delays and cost increases associated with completing the central tunnel. This means that work will continue in the west tunnel and at the Point Wells portal for about one additional year as the tunneling continues toward Kenmore.

As a neighbor that we have been working with during this project, we want to keep you informed about this decision. Please see the attached news release.  (separate article)
We will be in touch with you in the near future when we have more information.

If you have questions, please contact Leslie Rankin of the Brightwater Community Relations Team at 206-661-9621 or by email.


Gunars Sreibers
Brightwater Project Manager

Photo of Gunars Sreibers courtesy of Echo Lake Neighborhood Association



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