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April 1, 2019 (not an April Fool’s joke)

King County Auditor’s Office report.

The PSERN project is running nine months behind schedule and capital costs have increased by over $20 million since the project team revised its baseline estimates in 2017.

Delays in obtaining leases and constructing tower sites mean that PSERN has completed 17 out of 48 of the towers it planned to have finished by the end of 2018. While the most complex and expensive tower sites have yet to break ground, 51% percent of contingency funds had already been programmed for increased site development costs as of March 1, 2019. Additionally, the Joint Board, PSERN’s governing body, is in the process of evaluating proposed scope changes for additional towers, which could further impact both schedule and budget. We make three recommendations to address emerging risks, in addition to providing the status of our previous recommendations.

PSERN King County Auditor Report 20190401 by Daryl Jones on Scribd