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Originally published October 26, 2012 at 7:27 PM | Page modified October 26, 2012 at 7:28 PM

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WA gov wants independent review of bridge pontoons

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says she wants an independent expert panel to review the safety of pontoons being built for the new floating bridge across Lake Washington.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says she wants an independent expert panel to review the safety of pontoons being built for the new floating bridge across Lake Washington.

The governor's statement came after a television report on construction flaws found in the first pontoons built for the new Highway 520 bridge.

Gregoire told KOMO-TV on Friday ( http://is.gd/Bp4t6y) that "based on what I saw in your report I want another independent expert panel to review" the pontoons. The governor promised that Washington citizens would be protected.

Small cracks have appeared in at least two the first six pontoons built for the bridge but transportation officials say the problem is manageable.

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