It was the day Grays Harbor has been waiting for as shovels turning dirt signified the launch of the SR520 Pontoon Project. Not even cold wet and windy winter weather deterred hundreds from joining Governor Christine Gregoire and officials from across the state in the groundbreaking of the  Project in Aberdeen on Saturday.

Mayor Bill Simpson was on hand for the groundbreaking and spoke of how this project will affect not only Aberdeen, but the Port of Grays Harbor, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis, and Grays Harbor as a whole. 

Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond reminded everyone that despite the rain that fell during the groundbreaking, that the weather of Grays Harbor was a factor in determining final location for the build. 

 Governor Gregoire was a driving force in the 520 Bridge Project and let everyone know that she believes Grays Harbor is the right place for the job. 

 After all of the hard work and the waiting, Paula Hammond told KXRO that the final permits are expected to be finalized Tuesday, meaning construction could start as soon as this week.

Video from the event has been posted by the WSDOT here.



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