Pontoon errors lead to firing of chief bridge engineer

04/14/2013 | Seattle Times, The

Jugesh Kapur, the chief engineer and head of Washington state's Bridge and Structures Office, has been fired, and another employee of the Department of Transportation has been demoted over design errors that caused cracks in the first concrete pontoons built for Seattle's new Highway 520 floating bridge. The design team at the BSO is being blamed for the cracks because it "took shortcuts, including a failure to run models that would have predicted the cracking problems," said Paula Hammond, a former DOT secretary. Meanwhile, construction of the bridge is expected to be completed in 2015.

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