(Washington, D.C) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that she has included $3million in funding for tribal transportation projects in Washington sate in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill. Senator Murray is the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. 

"This funding will help improve road safety, increase mobility, and support continued economic development on our tribal lands," said Senator Murray. "I’m proud to help bring federal support to tribes throughout our state."

The THUD bill cleared the full Appropriations Committee today and will now move to the full Senate for consideration. 

The funding for tribal transportation included in the bill will go to the following projects:

Skokomish Tribe Access Road and US-101 Realignment -- $1 million

The funding secured by Senator Murray for this project will help realign US-101, improve the line of sight, create a safe entrance onto the access road leading to the tribe’s new housing development, and improve overall safety conditions along the road

Fidalgo Bay Road Improvement Project, Samish Tribe, Anacortes -- $500,000

This road is a major part of the Samish Tribe’s economic vitality and in need of substantial repairs in order to assure the safety of passengers and vehicles that travel on it.  Fidalgo Bay Road connects the State Route 20 Spur to the industrial park for the City of Anacortes, and is currently the site of many accidents and traffic-related injuries.  

116th Street NE Interchange Improvement Project, Tulalip Tribes -- $1.5 million

This project will make needed improvements to the interchange of I-5 at 116th street NE on the Tulalip Tribes Reservation.  Senator Murray has secured $4 million for the project in previous years.