SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program - Diversity program

Overview

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 small, disadvantaged business enterprises owned by minorities, veterans or women (MSVWBE and DBE firms).

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

A man and woman converse at a Washington State Department of Transportation meeting to discuss contracting opportunities with the department.

During an open house hosted by WSDOT, Ron Paananen (right), engineering manager for the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program, discusses the program's contract opportunities for companies owned by minorities, women and veterans.

Portage Bay Bridge and Roanoke Lid Project schedule update

WSDOT has updated the SR 520 Portage Bay Bridge and Roanoke Lid Project schedule. The current schedule, including key contracting dates, is listed below:

  • Publish Request for Qualifications (RFQ): September 2022
  • Publish Request for Proposals (RFP): January 2023
  • Award design-build contract: Summer/Fall 2023
  • Begin construction: 2024
  • Construction duration (approx.): 6 years

The schedule is approximately one year later than previously planned. We now anticipate awarding the contract in Summer/Fall 2023 and beginning construction in 2024, with a duration of approximately six years. This new schedule will help minimize contractor overlap in the SR 520 corridor while construction is completed on the current SR 520 Montlake Project and SR 520/I-5 Express Lanes Connection Project.

The Portage Bay project will be delivered as a design-build contract, meaning one prime contractor completes the final design and builds the project, typically using a team of subcontractors and subconsultants to complete the work.

If you have any questions about this information, please contact the SR 520 Program team at sr520bridge@wsdot.wa.gov.

SR 520/I-5 Express Lanes Connection Project contracting information

WSDOT selected Walsh Construction as the contractor for the design-bid-build SR 520/I-5 Express Lanes Connection Project, which began construction in summer 2021. Interested subcontractors should contact:

Ethan Kaufman, Project Manager, Walsh Construction
Work: 206-394-7300 / mobile: 206-579-3856
ekaufman@walshgroup.com.

Montlake Project contracting information

The SR 520 Montlake Project expects to have some additional business opportunities for qualified firms owned by minorities, women or veterans. Subcontractors interested in working with Graham, prime contractor for the Montlake Project, should contact:

WSDOT, Graham, and subcontractors American Bridge and Elcon held an online meeting in September 2020 with minority-, woman- and veteran-owned businesses to discuss upcoming contracting opportunities on the SR 520 Montlake Project. If you missed the meeting, you can view the presentation (pdf 1.1 mb) to see the information we shared. You also can read this Q&A with answers to questions (pdf 196 kb) posed by meeting participants.

Get more contractor information specific to the SR 520 Program.

A large crane on the SR 520 Montlake Project hoists a sawed concrete section of the highway's old west approach bridge for removal by truck and recycling.

The SR 520 Montlake Project includes removal of the old west approach bridge, shown here, and its replacement with a seismically resilient, three-lane bridge for eastbound travel between Montlake and the new SR 520 floating bridge on Lake Washington. 

Montlake Project Community Workforce Agreement

WSDOT implemented a Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) for the SR 520 Montlake Project in Seattle. The CWA provides a variety of benefits to WSDOT, its contractors, and the skilled construction workers building the project. The agreement also aligns WSDOT with other public agencies in the region that use similar labor agreements on their projects. Learn more by reading our SR 520 CWA folio (pdf 2 mb) or view the SR 520 CWA document (pdf 5 mb) for additional details.

Portrait photo of Alex Coll, administrative team lead with Intelligent Partnershipships.Small and minority businesses working as subcontractors on the SR 520 Montlake Project have a resource to help them navigate the CWA’s provisions. This resource is a company called Intelligent Partnerships. WSDOT hired Intelligent Partnerships as the CWA Administrator for the Montlake Project. Intelligent Partnerships works alongside Graham, the project’s design-build contractor, to implement the agreement.

Alex Coll, with Intelligent Partnerships, oversees CWA coordination. You can email Alex at: alex@ipartnerships.net.

 

Promoting apprenticeships on the Montlake Project

WSDOT contracts worth $3 million or more contain a 15% apprenticeship utilization requirement. The requirement obligates contractors to use a hiring program approved by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council. In addition, contractors and their subcontractors must meet the 15% apprenticeship requirement.

WSDOT's SR 520 Montlake Project, a $455 million project, includes a 20% apprenticeship utilization requirement for each craft. Of that amount, aspirational goals are set at 21% for minority apprentices, and 12% for women apprentices.

The Montlake Project contractor, Graham, was given notice to proceed with construction in November 2018, with project completion estimated for approximately 2023. As of February 2021, Graham had achieved 15% apprenticeship utilization. Through a WSDOT-sanctioned, preferred-entry program that provides apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship training, Graham works with unions and other community partners to engage apprentices.

A group of construction apprentices wearing safety vests and hardhats pose for a photo

From left to right: John Donovan (laborer journeyman), Luis Marchan Hernandez (laborer
apprentice), Ja'Mahri Mitchell (laborer apprentice), Aaron Childers (operator apprentice),
Brittany Grenard (Graham’s apprenticeship coordinator), Foluke Jackson (laborer apprentice),
Mary Wing (laborer apprentice), Marek Bednarczyk (senior project manager).

You can reach Brittany Grenard, Graham’s HR apprenticeship coordinator, at Brittany.Grenard@graham.ca or 425-620-6038.

Additional WSDOT contracting information

WSDOT project notices & resources

Current project notices:

For information regarding other possible opportunities:

Commitment to diversity and inclusive contracting 

A group of 12 professionals sit and stand behind a table during a meeting

Managers from WSDOT and our Montlake Project contractor, Graham, hold regular meetings
to track diversity and inclusive contracting progress on the Montlake Project.

WSDOT goals for state-funded projects
On projects supported entirely with state funds, WSDOT set a voluntary goal of 26 percent participation by minority-, small, veteran- and women-owned business enterprises (MSVWBEs). Please read WSDOT's Diversity Roadmap (pdf 335 kb) for additional information on WSDOT's inclusive contracting goals. The current SR 520 Montlake Project and future SR 520 “Rest of the West” projects in Seattle are fully state-funded projects.

WSDOT goals for federally assisted projects
The U.S. Congress established the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in 1982 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 provide opportunities for DBEs on transportation projects that receive federal support.

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 a particular area. WSDOT is committed to ensuring that DBE firms receive equal access and opportunities consistent with DBE programs.

Quarterly progress reports

Diversity and Inclusion progress reports for all WSDOT megaprograms

  • Quarterly diversity and inclusive contracting progress reports for all WSDOT megaprograms are posted on the WSDOT Office of Equal Opportunity website.

SR 520 Diversity and Inclusion progress reports

Additional resources

Tips & Tools

WSDOT periodically publishes "Tips and Tools" to provide small businesses owned by minorities, women or veterans with useful information on potential contract opportunities with WSDOT and other government agencies.

The latest news and updates from WSDOT's Office of Equality Opportunity (OEO) are available online at wsdot.wa.gov/EqualOpportunity/news.htm.

Resources for learning how to become certified for work on WSDOT projects as a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) or as a small business owned by a minority, woman or veteran (MSVWBE):

Learn how to get a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) compliant Indirect Cost Rate (ICR) approval for required WSDOT projects:

Small-business owners can use Sound Transit's Small Business Resource Guide, which includes information and support services to help small businesses succeed.

Past meeting materials

Two men and a woman pose for a photo during an open house hosted by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Marek Bednarczyk (left), with Graham Contracting Ltd., Young Sang Song, with Song Consulting LLC and an officer with the Washington chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors, and Regina Glenn, Diversity and Inclusion Manager with WSDOT, attend an inclusive-contracting open house hosted by WSDOT.

January 2016 Connecting Washington open house

Questions or comments?

Regina Glenn (she/her)
Diversity and Inclusion Manager, WSDOT Megaprograms
Phone: 206-770-3520
Cell: 425-503-7212
Email: GlennRe@consultant.wsdot.wa.gov 

Page last updated: March 2021