‘Priority Hire’ approval to create local construction jobs for West Seattle Bridge repairs
information from Seattle Department of Transportation
by Katie Olsen on August 31, 2021
The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved the City of Seattle’s request to use “Priority Hire”, requiring that the contractor repairing the West Seattle Bridge hire from local economically distressed communities as it works to reopen the high-bridge by mid-2022.
“Our top priority is supporting our residents and neighborhoods most affected by the bridge closure. Through Priority Hire, now we can support our communities in another way by providing high-quality, family-wage construction career access and direct opportunities to small businesses that have been disproportionately impacted over the past year.”
Mayor Jenny Durkan