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Originally published Monday, April 29, 2013 at 8:21 AM

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More bridge pontoons floated at Aberdeen

A second batch of six pontoons for the new Highway 520 floating bridge in Seattle floated out of their casting basin early Monday in Aberdeen.

The Associated Press

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ABERDEEN, Wash. —

A second batch of six pontoons for the new Highway 520 floating bridge in Seattle floated out of their casting basin early Monday in Aberdeen.

The six are three longitudinal pontoons, two stability pontoons and one cross pontoon.

KXRO reports ( http://bit.ly/ZLe7vd) changes have been made to prevent cracking that showed up in the first batch of Aberdeen pontoons a year ago. The new pontoons will remain at the Port of Grays Harbor for inspections and then be towed to Lake Washington when needed.

The Transportation Department says 24 of the 77 pontoons for the new bridge have been built.

A total of 33 will be built at Aberdeen and 44 at Tacoma. Anchors are being built in Kenmore.

A new six-lane bridge is scheduled to open in 2015.

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Information from: KXRO-AM, http://www.kxro.com

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