(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) successfully added $35.9 million in federal funding to a pending Senate bill to help Washington state repair roads and highways that were damaged by record flooding in November 2006.
"This funding will help residents and communities get back on their feet after devastating floods," Murray said. "It's important for transportation, public safety and our economy."
Murray added the funding for the Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Program to the Supplemental Spending bill. The bill passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday (3/22) with Murray's support, and now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
Specifically, the funding provides:
- $11.9 million to repair damaged roads and bridge
- $17 million to repair roads in National Parks (Mt. Rainer, Olympic and North Cascades)
- $7 million to repair roads in National Forests (Gifford Pinchot, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie, and Okanogan-Wenatchee)
This is the third installment of federal funding Murray has helped deliver to help the state recover from the November 2006 floods. On November 27, 2006, Murray brought U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters to Washington State to see the flood's impact firsthand and to announce the release of an initial down-payment of $1 million in federal funding. On February 22, 2007, Murray announced $17 million in federal aid.
Once the Supplemental bill passes the Senate, it will need to be reconciled with the House-passed version, which does not include funding to repair flood-damaged roads.