A common thread links SDOT projects under federal investigation
When Seattle hired a consultant to design a downtown streetcar line, the initial contract totaled $1.85 million. Four years and 11 amendments later, the cost had grown to $14.3 million. Today, the line has yet to be built and the contract is among several now under scrutiny by federal investigators.
Not all Seattle transportation projects incur such cost increases. Plagued by debates and delays, the First Avenue streetcar is unusually troubled.
Still, the project's design deal is ...