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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Federal Highway Transit Administration (FHWA) has agreed to study a proposal that could lead to widening the I-90 bridge, which links Seattle to Mercer Island and Bellevue. The R8A alternative route, which is one of several proposals, is favored by many in the affected communities. Sen. Murray had asked the FHWA to study the R8A alternative as a means to reduce congestion and commuter time on the I-90 bridge.

"Today's report is an important step towards reduce traffic congestion and commuter time in the Puget Sound region," said Murray. "Seattle has the second-worse congestion in the country, and I will continue to explore every option to reduce the congestion and frustration in the Puget Sound region."

As Chair of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, Murray added a requirement into her recent bill to require the FHWA to study the R8A alternative. The U.S. Senate unanimously approved Murray's Transportation Appropriations bill on August 1, 2001.

Senator Murray is committed to reducing traffic and commuting times and will continue to look for creative alternatives to do so. As Chair of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, Sen. Murray is in a unique position to be helpful to Washington State and its transportation needs.