Murray Begins Push for Federal Funds to Help Replace South Park Bridge with $3 Million Targeted Investment

Jul 21 2010

As state, county, and local community coalesce behind funding plan, Murray takes initial step to bring federal support for replacement bridge to help underserved neighborhood; Pledges to support project in upcoming TIGER II grant competition

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that she has been able to steer $3 million in federal transportation funding as a first installment of federal support to replace the South Park Bridge. The funding Senator Murray secured will go toward a growing pool of state, county, and city resources that are being raised for the project.

“This is an important first step toward pushing the federal government to pick up their portion of the tab for replacing this critical bridge,” said Senator Murray. “State, county and local government have shown that they are ready to get behind replacing South Park Bridge and I’m going to work ensure that the federal government is too.”

“The South Park Bridge is vital to the economy and well-being of those who live in the neighborhoods surrounding the bridge and beyond. This is a start, but there is a lot more work to be done to make this project a reality. That’s why I will be working to support South Park’s TIGER II grant application and why I’ll continue to go to bat for the federal funding this project needs”

Local political and community leaders who Senator Murray has worked closely with on the need to replace the bridge also reacted to this first step in bringing federal support to the project:

“The prospects for replacement of the South Park Bridge keep looking brighter. Senator Murray has been relentless in her work on behalf of the businesses and residents of this region, and this is further evidence of her ability to deliver. She has my deepest thanks," said King County Executive Dow Constantine"This piece further strengthens the proposal we will be making next month for TIGER II funding that we hope will put us over the top.”

"We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Senator Murray on behalf of the New South Park Bridge Coalition, as well as the South Park, Georgetown, and other Greater Duwamish neighborhoods,” said Dagmar Cronn and Larry Brown, Co-Chairs, New South Park Bridge Coalition?. “The Coalition, comprised of business, labor, community and other local and regional stakeholders has been working for the past few months to help secure funding for the new South Park Bridge, and we are impressed with the funding partnerships that have formed to-date. Thanks to Senator Murray's support and leadership on funding critical transportation infrastructure, this $3 million is a meaningful step forward in our efforts to replace the bridge."? ?

The funding that Senator Murray secured is included in the Fiscal Year 2011 Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill. Murray, who chairs the THUD Appropriations Subcommittee, helped clear the bill through subcommittee today. The bill is expected to move forward in full Appropriations Committee consideration tomorrow.

Senator Murray, as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, created the $1.5 billion TIGER and $600 million TIGER II program.