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Wash. Senate passes transportation plan

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Senate has passed a $4.3 billion transportation budget that continues paying for several highway mega-projects, including the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle.


Washington state is administering the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments with an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. Gregoire created a new Web site, www.recovery.wa.gov, so every Washingtonian can see where tax dollars are going and hold government accountable for the results. Visit the main American Recovery and Reinvestment Act here: http://www.recovery.gov/.

The measure passed on a bipartisan 41-6 vote Wednesday. The House is set to pass its own transportation budget on Friday. In the coming weeks, the two chambers will reach a compromise plan.

The Senate's transportation budget delays 31 projects that rely on dwindling gas tax revenue. They include transit and car pool lane improvements to Interstate 90 between Seattle and Bellevue, and a proposed "cross-base" highway in the Tacoma area.

The budget allots money to buy four ferries, and also continues paying for about 400 other projects.

Spokane County to receive $10.4 million in federal funds for transportation projects

(3/23/09) Gov. Chris Gregoire Monday announced that she certified 138 transportation projects, which makes them ready to receive funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The state is expected to receive $551 million dollars from the federal stimulus package to help pay for the certified projects.

"We promised that we would expedite the certification process, and now 138 transportation projects are ready to go," Gregoire said. "Our partnership with the Obama administration is working smoothly as shown by how quickly we are getting the federal stimulus funding moving through our economy."

Infrastructure project certifications enable the governor to confirm to the federal government that construction projects - roads, water systems and others - have received the review required by law and represent an appropriate investment of taxpayer dollars.

To learn more about these transportation projects, visit: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/funding/stimulus.


 

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