Too narrow trench could cost Seattle $1M

August 6, 2009 4:26:11 AM PDT
A tiny mistake - about half the thickness of a dime - could end up costing about $1 million at the Port of Seattle.

The Seattle Times reports Wednesday that a contractor at the port's Terminal 30 near Safeco Field dug a trench for an electrical cable that was 0.02 of an inch too narrow. That meant the cable wouldn't fit, and a new cable for the terminal's giant cargo cranes had to be ordered for about $200,000.

The Times says that because of the problem, tenant SSA Marine occupied the terminal this week, two months later than planned. It says the port is considering a rent credit that might exceed $1 million.