Employees of a joint-venture contractor tasked with building the new State Route 520 Bridge are facing scrutiny after a hidden-camera investigation by KOMO TV allegedly found several of them drinking on the job.
An unidentified employee interviewed by KOMO told the television station that Kiewit/General/Manson workers drink "every day" at the project office located on 112th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue. State law requires employers to prohibit alcohol and narcotic drugs in the workplace.
A report from The Seattle Times says officials from both KGM and the Washington State Department of Transportation are investigating the extent of the problem. The state Department of Labor and Industries is also considering an investigation, according to the Times.
The bridge replacement is part of an overall that includes improvements throughout the SR 520 corridor. KGM was awarded a $586.6-million contract in 2011 to complete phase 1 of the bridge replacement.
More information on the project can be found in Redmond Patch archives.