Seattle City Light Settles 1st Ave. South Project Claim by Burien for $937,500

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by Ralph Nichols

Seattle City Light has agreed to repay the City of Burien $935,000 for its share of cost overruns incurred by Frank Coluccio Construction Co. on phase one of the 1st Ave South rebuilding project.

Coluccio, the general contractor, and its subcontractors originally sued Burien to recover alleged damages of $8.3 million resulting from project delays, for which they held the city responsible.

A June 2011 agreement between the city and Coluccio settled all outstanding claims for just under $3 million.

Phase One of the 1st Ave. South project between S. 162nd St. and S/SW 146th St., which included undergrounding utility lines, was plagued by a series of delays that extended construction time by about a year.

Remaining utility undergrounding, installation of traffic signals and streetlights, and landscaping continues along this stretch of the city’s primary arterial.

After agreeing to the mediated settlement with Coluccio, thus avoiding a civil trial, Burien presented claims to the three utilities involved – City Light, Puget Sound Energy, and Comcast – for their shares of these costs.

The $937,500 settlement negotiated by City Light is slightly more than half of the $1.85 million it was billed by Burien for this phase of the project.

PSE settled with the city earlier for $94,000, as did Comcast for $40,000.

“This closes the books on phase one of the project involving Coluccio,” Burien City Attorney Craig Knutson told The B-Town Blog.

The second phase of the 1st. Ave. South project between S/SW 146th St. north to S/SW 140th St., which is currently underway, is under different management and progressing on schedule.

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