How can local residents get hired to help with the cleanup of slide material and reconstruction of SR 530?
A: Locals who live in the area affected by the SR 530 Slide may be able to work for one of the selected prime contractors, or as a sub-contractor.
What about local contractors?
A: Local contractors may be able to find work as a sub-contractor or for a prime contractor. The list for shortlisted prime contractors for the reconstruction of SR 530 can be found here.
Can WSDOT incentivize the cleanup and reconstruction contracts so local receive preference?
A: WSDOT is receiving federal funding for each of the three SR 530 slide-related contracts. These funding sources prohibit WSDOT from offering prime contractors incentives for hiring people based on their area of residence. WSDOT can only incentivize or penalize contractor for traffic-related early or late openings of the roadway.
What can WSDOT do for locals who want to help with the cleanup of SR 530 or the reconstruction of the roadway?
A: WSDOT has made a commitment to facilitate a meet-and-greet with prime contractors so locals can get connected and to see where their skills may be needed. Information will be posted to the SR 530 Slide page.
What about future projects?
Contracting firms interested in future WSDOT projects within the highway right-of-way must be prequalified and should fill out a standard questionnaire or small works roaster application.