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.

You’re invited to WSDOT Megaprograms and SR 520 workforce “Roadshow” meeting 
Please join us on April 25 (pdf 1.8 mb) to learn about WSDOT’s major projects in central Puget Sound and a workforce agreement for upcoming SR 520 construction in Seattle. The meeting will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Wells Fargo Center, 15th floor conference room, 999 Third Ave., Suite 2200. Our speakers include WSDOT management, Graham Contracting Ltd., Seattle Building Trades, and Intelligent Partnerships, the SR 520 Community Workforce Agreement administrator. This is a great chance to learn about upcoming projects on SR 520 and the other WSDOT megaprograms. If you have any questions or wish to RSVP, please contact Alejandro Falcon at 206-770-3511 or

Montlake Project contracting opportunities
We announced Oct. 10, 2018 that Graham Contracting Ltd. submitted the contract proposal with the apparent best value for the upcoming Montlake Project. Read more about it in our news release. The Montlake Project is scheduled to begin construction in early 2019.

Additional information about the Montlake Project, the SR 520 Program overall, and other WSDOT megaprograms in the Puget Sound region can be found in this October 2018 Regional Contracting Forum presentation (pdf 3 mb) in Seattle.

Montlake Project Community Workforce Agreement

WSDOT is implementing a Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) for the upcoming SR 520 Montlake Project in Seattle, slated to begin construction in early 2019. The CWA provides a variety of benefits to WSDOT, its contractors, and the skilled construction workers building the project. This CWA 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 for additional details.

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. 


The latest news and updates from WSDOT's Office of Equality Opportunity are available online, here: The OEO's overall website is available at

Learn how to become certified to work on WSDOT projects:

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

FInd notices about upcoming WSDOT contracting opportunities on the WSDOT Contract Ad and Award website.

Get contractor information specific to the SR 520 Program.

Learn more about WSDOT's Connecting Washington 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

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: April 11, 2019