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Murray Announces Over $8 Million for Yakima Transportation Projects

Apr 10 2002

Grants will improve area transportation needs, reduce commute time, reduce pollution

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $8,118,070 in federal grant money for two transportation projects in Yakima.

The grants, provided by the Federal Highway Administration, which is funded by Senator Murray's Transportation spending bill, will be used to construct grade separations and support the Yakima Bridge Replacement Project.

"These grants will help address some of the most troubling transportation problems Yakima residents face on a daily basis," Senator Murray said. "Serving as Chair of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee has allowed me to raise the profile of Yakima's transportation needs and provide money to free Yakima residents from persistent, lengthy and frustrating train and bridge delays. I am honored to announce these grants for such important projects in Yakima."

Summary of projects receiving grant money:

  • Yakima Grade Separation Program, $3,884,000
To support construction of at least 3 grade separated crossings in downtown Yakima. These tunnels, located beneath train tracks, enable pedestrians, vehicles and emergency vehicles to pass under the tracks.

  • Yakima River (SR 240), $4,234,070
To accelerate the completion of the Yakima Bridge Replacement Project to address the unacceptable level of traffic congestion and environmental impact that currently exist at the site.

Senator Murray secured $4 million in earmarked funding in last year's Transportation Spending bill.