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Murray Supports Northwest Washington's Transportation Priorities in Senate Bill

Jul 24 2002

Murray, Larsen work together to address region's transportation needs

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that she has secured important federal funding for Northwest Washington transportation projects in the fiscal year 2003 transportation spending bill.

The funding will address critical infrastructure needs throughout the region, including bridges, busses, airports and transit facilities. Representative Larsen met with Senator Murray recently to push for these projects.

In addition to the earmarked funding, Washington state will also receive hundreds of millions of dollars in federal highway and transit formula funding. Washington state will receive $510 million in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) grants and $101 million in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants to address transportation issues across the state.

"I am proud to have a partner like Representative Larsen," Senator Murray said. "Our region's economy is facing tough times and we must do all that we can to keep jobs and business here in Northwest Washington. These increased monies will help ease congestion and increase public safety, and will go a long way to improving the quality of life and increasing economic prosperity for our region. I am working closely with Representative Larsen to accomplish our transportation goals."

"For those of us who live in the Northwest, our livelihood depends on our diverse ability to get from one place to another. I have enjoyed working with Senator Patty Murray to make these transportation projects a priority. Washington state is a better state because of the hard work of our senior Senator," said Representative Larsen.

Transportation earmarks for North Puget Sound:

Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal Preservation - $2 million

This project will replace old, environmentally harmful, creosote-treated timber pile dolphins and wing-walls with concrete and steel technology. The new steel pipe pile technology has proven to be far more durable and has documented history of reducing terminal slip casualties in the event of a hard landing.

I-5, SR 542 – Widening Sunset Drive Orleans to Britton Road - $2 million

These funds will be used to design and widen Sunset Drive, an overcrowded rural, two-lane highway in Bellingham

Central Avenue Pedestrian Corridor-Prospect Street to the Waterfront - $250,000

This funding will help complete the final phase of the Pedestrian Corridor by supporting efforts to connect the Hillclimb and Amphitheater to the Civic Center.

Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor Rail Safety Improvement Projects - $1.5 million

This project will improve the high speed rail linking Eugene, Oregon, Portland, Seattle, Washington, and British Columbia.

Seattle-Everett Rail Corridor Study - $750,000

Funding to conduct a study of track capacity and utilization by freight, commuter and intercity rail services in the Seattle-Everett Rail Corridor and the environmental challenges that would accompany expansion of that track capacity. Will help bring Sounder Commuter Rail North as soon as possible.

Small Bus Systems Grant - Island Transit - $288,000

This funding will help replace 18 Island Transit vanpool vans.

Mount Vernon Multi-Modal Facility - $1.16 million

This project will upgrade the current multi-modal facility to alleviate congestion.

Cattle Point Road - $350,000

Unrelenting erosion threatens the portion of Cattle Point road that rests on an unstable bluff of sand and gravel, and it is estimated that in 5-10 years the sea will claim the cliff on which the road now runs. The former owner deeded this road to the county, before the surrounding land was acquired by San Juan County National Historical Park. Currently, San Juan County is working on an Environmental Impact Statement. This project will assist the county in their efforts.

Paine Field Air Traffic Control Improvements - $925,000

Makes improvements to Paine Field's air traffic control system.