WSDOT holds contractor responsible for Taylor Bridge Fire

<p>Courtesy Brian Myrick</p>

Courtesy Brian Myrick

OLYMPIA – Conway Construction Co. was put on notice today by the Washington State Department of Transportation that the company will be held legally responsible for all damages, including property, firefighting and response cost, if investigators determine that their construction work started the Taylor Bridge fire.

In a letter to Conway Construction Co. President David Conway, WSDOT said relevant contract specifications make Conway Construction responsible for overall site safety at the work site, especially regarding the risks of fire.

The Taylor Bridge fire, which began Aug. 13, is believed to have originated at a bridge-reconstruction site – a project assigned under contract to Conway Construction and its subcontractors. The state Department of Natural Resources has not yet completed its formal investigation into the cause of the fire.