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Tri-Cities Transportation Project that Will Help Farmers Get Goods to Market Included in Final Spending Bill

Dec 09 2009

As Chair of Key Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Murray Wins Support for Project That Will Create Jobs, Enhance Trade

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that funding she secured for a major Tri-Cities road project has been included in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act.  The final version of the spending bill came out of a conference committee between the Senate and the House and is expected to pass both bodies shortly before being sent to the President for his signature.

As Chair of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Subcommittee, Senator Murray has pushed to secure federal support for local Washington state projects that create jobs and make smart investments in long-term growth. 

R-170 Landslide Road Replacement, Franklin County: $1,948,000

This funding will provide for the final construction phase of realigning R-170 near Basin City, WA.

R-170 was blocked in 2006 from a major landslide, diverting farm-to-market trucks onto detour routes not capable of handling that daily load.  The completion of this realignment will expand freight mobility in the region and prevent further degradation of arterial roadways.

“Completing this project is critical to helping area farmers get their goods to market more efficiently,” said Senator Murray. “This is an investment in supporting local agriculture, strengthening the region’s trade capacity, and putting people to work.”

 “This is Franklin County’s number one transportation priority,” said Rick Miller, Franklin County Commissioner.  “Let’s get it done.”