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Senator Murray Secures Funding for Tri-Cities Transportation Priorities

Jul 24 2002

Funding will help address the transportation crisis in the Tri-Cities

(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 Tri-Cities 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 the Tri-Cities 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 in the Tri-Cities. This increased funding will help ease congestion and increase public safety by investing in critical infrastructure. It will go a long way to improving the quality of life and increasing economic prosperity for our region."

Transportation earmarks for the Tri-Cities:

I-182/SR-240 Interchange Reconstruction - $3 million The project will provide improvements on SR 240 adjacent to the widened Yakima River Bridge to ultimately allow use of all lanes on the bridge. Between Richland and the Yakima River Bridge, an overpass over I-82 will be widened, on and off ramps will be widened to the width of the modified bridge.

US Highway 12, Burbank to Walla Walla - $2.5 million US Highway 12, from Burbank to Walla Walla is a heavily traveled two-lane highway with average daily traffic counts up to 12,000 vehicles per day, with nearly a third of it being freight trucks. This money will help fund Phase II of this multi-phase project. Specifically, it will build a railroad bridge over the highway to allow for the building of a four-lane highway.