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Construction company chief promises expedited settlement of Tacoma bridge debris claims

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on March 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
March 20, 2013 12:50 pm

The district manager of the contractor finishing construction on Tacoma’s Murray Morgan Bridge said today he hopes damage claims from boat owners beneath the structure can be settled within the next two weeks.

“We’re targeting getting those claims handled within two weeks,” said Ankur Talwar, district manager for PCL Constructors, the bridge rehabilitation project’s general contractor.

Some 20 boat owners whose vessels are moored at a marina below the bridge have complained of falling debris damaging their boats.  That debris includes metal shavings, sandblasting remains, paint, rivets and nuts and bolts from the 100-year-old structure.

Fine pieces of metal have embedded themselves in the paint and gel coat of some of the boats causing rust spots on the surface.

Boat owners have complained that merely washing off that debris doesn’t solve the problem because the embedded metal can only be removed by sanding and recoating the boats.

The Murray Morgan Bridge reopened for public use last month after a $51 million rehabilitation project.  The contractor, however, has been making final adjustments to the bridge lift mechanisms and finishing final punch list items.

For background on this story, see this article in today’s News Tribune.


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