Press Release: Kenmore projects impacted as concrete workers strike continues across King County

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March 11, 2022                                                 

City of Kenmore Communications

Kenmore projects impacted as concrete workers strike continues across King County

Kenmore, WA - Construction projects in Kenmore are being affected by the ongoing concrete workers strike in King County. The strike, which began on December 3, 2021, involves over 300 concrete mixers and drivers who have joined to strike against six of the largest cement suppliers in the region. As a result of the strike, concrete is not available in King County and major infrastructure projects in the region are being significantly impacted, including some of the projects currently in progress in Kenmore.

West Sammamish River Bridge
The concrete strike is affecting the construction schedule for the Bridge project, which could create significant cost increases in the future. City staff and the project contractor are currently working to find ways to combat these impacts and workaround the schedule impacts due to the strike.

Juanita Drive
The schedule for this project has been impacted by approximately 2 ½ months and counting, due to the concrete labor strike. The contractor will be granted an extension of time for the days lost due to the strike. Preparation work continues with grading and forming for curbs and sidewalk when concrete becomes available. 

68th Avenue
The 68th Avenue project contractor is based in Snohomish County and contracted with a concrete material supplier from Snohomish County, therefore the project has been relatively unaffected by the King County strike to date.   

Log Boom Park Waterfront
While the contractor has gone to lengths to keep the project schedule moving, including pouring concrete at late hours in the day when delivery was available and procuring concrete from Snohomish County, the strike has impacted work on the main ADA pathway to the boat rental building, and the picnic shelter. The contractor has been granted a suspension of the contract and extension of time for days lost due to the strike and other material delays. Work is currently suspended and will resume later this spring when materials are available.

Waterfront & Natural Open Space Access at Squire’s Landing Park
(renamed ƛ' a Xw a d i s and pronounced Tl' awh-ah-dees)
Currently, there has been no impact to the project schedule because the contractor has focused their work on pile driving for the boardwalk and bridges and landscaping installation. Delays may be anticipated later this spring/summer if the strike continues.

With timing delays, rising costs, and a major backlog of orders to be filled regionally, concrete supply is expected to remain difficult to procure for weeks after the strike ends.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and longsuffering as we endure these delays,” said Kenmore City Manager Rob Karlinsey. “We know it’s difficult to navigate through construction, and the concrete strike doesn’t make it any easier. We look forward to the day when these construction projects are completed and provide safe transportation and recreational opportunities for our residents.”

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