Seattle's tunnel construction creating Pierce Co. jobs

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Jason Larance makes the concrete that's being poured into the 14,000 pieces that will make up the lining of Seattle's two-mile long double-deck State Route 99 tunnel.

When he started at FBS Encon Precast in September the company had 12 employees. Now there are more than 100 and thanks to the tunnel contract, they're looking for about 30 more.

Pierce County's had a good run lately. Amazon and State Farm recently announced they're expanding here¦ and the owners of this plant hope their work on the Seattle tunnel will lead to other transportation projects.

And Jason Larance is proud to work on a high-profile job. He got to put his kids’ names on one of the pieces of the tunnel. He just hopes the job will be around after the tunnel's completed.

"I'm hoping and praying that they get those projects and I can help working and taking care of my family,” he said.

The linings will be installed as soon as the tunnel is dug. The tunnel boring machine, also known as "Bertha,” is expected to start digging in July.
 

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