SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program - Diversity program


WSDOT is committed to seeing that all Washingtonians have access to the thousands of family-wage jobs generated by our projects. We establish goals for each project to promote participation and inclusion of Minority, Small, Veterans, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MSVWBE & DBE firms).

photo of SR 520 diversity program leadership
From left, SR 520 Program Construction Director Dave Becher, Diversity and Inclusion Manager Regina Glenn, and Engineering Manager Ron Paananen discuss inclusive contracting.


This page contains information about our ongoing opportunities for small and diverse firms with the SR 520 Program. Please check back often as we update this web page on a regular basis.

Montlake Phase contracting opportunities
We published a Request for Proposals on Feb. 28 in preparation for selecting a design-build contractor for the upcoming Montlake Phase of SR 520 construction. Subcontractors and vendors interested in learning more about the RFP will find it on WSDOT’s Contract Ad and Award webpages. We expect construction on the Montlake Phase to start in late 2018.

Missed the March 29 Voluntary Proposers Meeting? Materials available online
WSDOT hosted a March 29 meeting to give interested designers and construction contractors the opportunity to learn more about the Montlake Phase construction project, hear updates on the contractor-procurement process, and meet the three short-listed design-build teams.

Materials from the meeting are available on the WSDOT Ad and Award website.


Commitment to diversity and inclusive contracting 

DBE goals
In 1982 the U.S. Congress established the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program to ensure nondiscrimination in the awarding and administration of USDOT-assisted contracts; help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in USDOT-assisted contracts; and assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside of the DBE program.

WSDOT strives to create equal access and make opportunities available for DBEs on public works and other transportation-related projects.

Individual DBE goals are established for SR 520 projects that receive federal funds. The DBE goal is based on the types of work in each project and the availability of DBE firms in those areas. WSDOT is committed to ensuring that DBE firms are provided equal access and opportunities consistent with DBE programs. 

Current quarterly Diversity and Inclusion progress report for the SR 520 Program


Past quarterly Diversity and Inclusion progress reports for the SR 520 Program


Opportunities for A&E work on the ‘Rest of the West’

The SR 520 Program’s $1.64 billion I-5 to Lake Washington Project – the “Rest of the West” – is moving into additional design with full funding now in place. WSDOT and its lead design consultant, HDR, are seeking MSVWBE and DBE firms to participate in the design and A&E work in advance of construction of the project elements. Please view our A&E contract opportunities list by discipline (pdf 179 kb) for more information.

We are working with interested firms to be sure that they are MSVWBE and DBE certified, and have approved rates and appropriate North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes to match the project’s needs. Once these items are verified, we request statements of qualifications from these firms for our consideration as potential team members. We will stay in contact with these firms as the contracting process moves forward. 


Interested in working on the SR 520 Program's A&E team?

  • Please fill out our interest form (pdf 321kb) and submit it by email. 



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Past meeting materials

April 2017 Regional Contracting Forum networking event

This annual event provides a platform for attendees to meet public agency representatives at the local, regional and state levels. Attendees included a wide range of large and small contractors, consulting firms, vendors and suppliers. The SR 520 Program attended this event and provided resources to interested attendees.

2017 Regional Contracting Forum event in Seattle
SR 520 staff members chat with attendees at the 2017 Regional Contracting Forum in Seattle, and answer their questions.


January 2016 Connecting Washington open house

  • View a packet (pdf 3.7mb) from a January 2016 open house regarding the Connecting Washington funding package for additional details and project one-page overviews.

June 2015 WSDOT open house for MWDBE firms

WSDOT hosted an open house on June 2, 2015, to promote potential contract opportunities in engineering and design for the SR 520 program. The open house was targeted specifically at Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MWDBE).



Regina Glenn
SR 520 Diversity and Inclusion Manager
Phone: 206-770-3520
Cell: 425-503-7212

Page last updated: July 24, 2018