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Senator Murray Secures $42 Million in Federal Funding for Columbia River Crossing

Jul 21 2010

Murray delivers first significant federal support to project that will ease congestion, create jobs, and improve quality of life in Southwest Washington

Funding represents one of the largest single investments Murray has ever made for a Washington state project

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, announced that she has been able to steer $42 million in federal transportation funding back to Southwest Washington to support preliminary work on a new Columbia River Crossing. The funding Murray secured will go to support work on the Environmental Impact Statement, preliminary engineering, start of final design and other steps that will help move the project toward construction.

“It’s time for the federal government to step up to the plate on this project,” said Senator Murray. “This investment is a first step, but a meaningful one, toward securing the federal resources we need to ensure local residents aren’t left to fund this on their own.

“I’m committed to ensuring that this project is not built on the backs of local residents. And every federal dollar we secure is one less that has to come from tolling and local sources. As long as I continue to serve the people of this community, I’ll continue to work for the federal resources needed to make this project a reality.”

Local leaders in Southwest Washington who Senator Murray has worked closely with on the need for local cooperation on the project also hailed the funding as an important first step in a long process:

“This is great news and helps move this critical project along in a very significant way,” said Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.  “I could not be any more pleased with Senator Murray, her leadership in support of this project, and her ability to deliver in a significant way for our community.”

“Our 1,100 members have ranked the new bridge construction as the number one priority for the past three years,” said Kim J. Capeloto, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Senator Murray’s support of the business communities priorities regarding this project is very much appreciated.”

“Senator Murray is doing critical work to help ensure that the federal government picks up their portion of the tab,” said Steve Stuart, Chair of the Clark County Commissioners. “These funds will ease the burden put on local residents and help us take steps to move toward a new bridge that will best serve the needs of this community.”

The funding that Senator Murray secured is included in the Fiscal Year 2011 Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill. Murray, who chairs the THUD Appropriations Subcommittee, helped clear the bill through subcommittee today. The bill is expected to move forward in full Appropriations Committee consideration tomorrow.