The full Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bill today. The funding, which Murray earmarked specifically for the Olympic Peninsula, is in addition to the formula funding the state received annually from the federal government. In 2004, the state will get $542,767,926 in Federal Highway Administration grant funding and $101,731,719 in Federal Transit Administration grant funding. “I am proud to have helped secure these critical federal dollars for transportation projects throughout the Olympic Peninsula. By investing in our transportation infrastructure, we are creating good-paying construction jobs today and paving the way for future economic growth,” Senator Murray said. “Our region is facing tough times and these dollars will help improve our quality of life and increase economic prosperity.”
OLYMPIC PENINSULA PROJECTS
Kitsap Transit, Marina Expansion & Kitsap Transit Passenger Ferry Terminal ($3 million) - This project will help improve and expand access to passenger-only ferries in Bremerton. Specifically, the project will help construct access from the Bremerton Marina and provide a new ferry terminal.
Kitsap Transit, Bus Replacement ($1 million) - This project will help Kitsap transit replace out of date buses.
Satsop Road Access Improvements, Grays Harbor County ($375,000) - The Satsop Development Park is a successful business development in Grays Harbor County. This project will create access roads to several of the Park’s buildings that now have no vehicular access or parking areas. Senator Murray secured $1.5 million for this project in previous appropriations.
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe – Access Road ($2.3 million) - This project will help construct an all-weather primary access road connection from the Lower Elwha Klallam reservation to the Clallam County road system adjacent to the flood plain.
Skokomish Tribe Roadway Improvements ($1.3 million) - This project will help the Skokomish Tribe complete improvements such as road widening, sidewalk construction and improved signs and streetlights.
WA Small Bus System Program of Projects
This group of projects helps provide bus replacement and needed equipment to several smaller transit agencies in the state of Washington. Senator Murray secured $8.89 million for this statewide group of Small Buss System of Projects in previous appropriations.
Jefferson Transit Maintenance Facility (Port Townsend) ($1 million) - Transit services are growing in Jefferson County. This project will help construct a new park and ride to meet increased demand.