(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) announced that she has secured over $6 million for transportation, housing and economic development priorities throughout the OLYMPIC area. The funding has been included as part of the Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary Housing and Urban Development (TTHUD) Appropriations bill. Senator Murray is the highest ranking Democrat on the TTHUD Appropriations Subcommittee.
"The investments made in this bill give Olympic Peninsula communities the fiscal tools to address their transportation, housing and quality of life concerns," said Senator Murray. "While the federal budget continues to be squeezed, I have continued to fight for investments to be made here at home. Today, I am proud to see that those efforts have paid off and will benefit programs and people in the Olympic Peninsula area."
Funding for southwest Olympic Peninsula projects includes:
Clallam County Olympic Discovery Trail/Elwha River Pedestrian Bridge -- $500,000
This funding will support the pedestrian crossing component of a new bridge across the Elwha River in Clallam County. The pedestrian crossing will be below the deck of a new highway bridge connecting the historic crossing of the 1915 Seattle and North Coast Railway to US-101. The pedestrian bridge will provide a link between the eastern and western halves of the Olympic Discovery Trail.
Clallam Transit Vehicle Replacement -- $500,000
This funding will enable Clallam Transit to purchase two new vehicles to support rural mobility needs. Senator Murray secured $400,000 for Clallam Transit in previous years year.
Grays Harbor Transit Vehicle Replacement -- $1 million
This funding will enable Grays Harbor Transit to purchase up to four new vehicles to support rural mobility needs.
Jefferson Transit Vehicle Replacement -- $480,000
This funding will enable Jefferson Transit to purchase 3 new vehicles to support rural mobility needs.
Mason Transit Vehicle Replacement -- $300,000
This funding will allow Mason Transit to purchase up to 2 new vehicles to support rural mobility needs.
Port Angeles International Gateway Project -- $1 million
The funding secured by Senator Murray for Clallam Transit will help support the development of a multi-modal facility, public plaza, visitor center, park and ride and parking facility in downtown Port Angeles. This facility will be the downtown hub for transit buses, taxis, bicyclists, pedestrians, ferry passengers, and tourists. Senator Murray has previously secured more than $4 million for this project.
Skokomish Tribe Access Road and US-101 Realignment -- $1 million
The funding secured by Senator Murray for this project will help realign US-101, improve the line of sight, create a safe entrance onto the access road leading to the tribe’s new housing development, and improve overall safety conditions along the road.
Squaxin Island Tribe Arcadia Boat Ramp Project -- $1 million
The Arcadia Boat Ramp is heavily used by both tribal and community boat owners, and is only 1 of 4 public access boat ramps in Mason County. This project will rebuild the ramp and improve its capacity, using new technologies to reduce the impact on migration and tidal habitat. The funding secured by Senator Murray for this project will allow the Squaxin Island Tribe to complete this project.
Northwest Maritime Center Construction – $250,000
The funding provided will support the efforts of the city of Port Townsend and the Northwest Maritime Center to redevelop the former Thomas Oil Brownfield site. This initiative is aimed at revitalizing Port Townsend’s National Landmark Historic District and creating new economic, tourist, educational, and recreational opportunities.