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Senator Murray Secures Funding for North Puget Sound's Transportation Priorities

Jul 24 2002

Funding will help address the transportation crisis in North Puget Sound

(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 North Puget Sound's 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.

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 helped direct federal funding to North Puget Sound and Washington state in this year's transportation bill," 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 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."

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 a documented history of reducing terminal slip casualties in the event of a hard landing.

Small Bus Systems Grant - Grays Harbor Transportation - $144,000 This funding will help replace three 25-foot buses in Grays Harbor.

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.