Gregoire to sign highway stimulus plan - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Gregoire to sign highway stimulus plan

OLYMPIA, Wash. - About $340 million in stimulus money for highways should start flowing soon, once Governor Chris Gregoire gives final approval to a spending plan. The Legislature moved quicker than usual in approving 35 projects for the federal money. Gregoire's scheduled to sign that plan into law Thursday afternoon.

The projects are littered across the state. There's a priority on speeding up gas-tax projects that have been delayed. Lawmakers also want to improve safety and make road repairs.

Seattle officials wanted about $75 million for road projects in the city, but the state says there's other pots of stimulus money for local projects.

The state has about four months to spend the first half of the highway stimulus, and a year to spend the rest.

SRTC Stimulus Package Project List

View: Complete list of Spokane Projects

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) recently released the formula for distribution of up to $492 million in federal transportation money that Washington State will receive from President Obama's economic stimulus plan, or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). 

Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) has been notified that it is responsible for allocating $10.4 million of that money to local government agencies in Spokane County.

On February 25, SRTC held a special meeting of its Transportation Technical Committee (TTC) to discuss and recommend specific transportation projects that were already identified on an SRTC Board-approved list in December.  The TTC is composed of transportation professionals from various local and state agencies that participate monthly in SRTC's transportation planning program.

Transportation projects under consideration for ARRA funds needed to be regionally significant, geographically distributed among the regions of Spokane County and ready to go out to advertisement within 120 days of the state receiving the stimulus money on March 3.

Some of the projects that were submitted for ARRA funding include:

  • Phase 2 of the City of Spokane's Fish Lake Trail project
  • The City of Spokane's Havana Street Bridge project
  • Spokane County's Rutter Parkway Bridge project
  • Spokane Valley's Sprague Avenue Resurfacing project between University and Evergreen roads



 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Help Me Hayley: Spokane company tows away crime magnet

    Help Me Hayley: Spokane company tows away crime magnet

    Monday, September 25 2017 10:18 PM EDT2017-09-26 02:18:57 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - An elderly North Spokane woman has been living in fear for months. She said an estranged relative abandoned a trailer in her backyard and then took off. She said the trailer has now attracted squatters and all sorts of criminal activity. She said she tried desperately to get it removed without any luck.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - An elderly North Spokane woman has been living in fear for months. She said an estranged relative abandoned a trailer in her backyard and then took off. She said the trailer has now attracted squatters and all sorts of criminal activity. She said she tried desperately to get it removed without any luck.

    >>
  • Sacramento boy beaten to death with hammer while protecting sister from sex abuse

    Sacramento boy beaten to death with hammer while protecting sister from sex abuse

    Monday, September 25 2017 5:15 PM EDT2017-09-25 21:15:31 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An 8-year-old Sacramento boy was beaten to death with a hammer while protecting his younger sister from being sexually assaulted by his mother's ex-boyfriend, according to court documents. 

    >>

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An 8-year-old Sacramento boy was beaten to death with a hammer while protecting his younger sister from being sexually assaulted by his mother's ex-boyfriend, according to court documents. Investigators say Dante Daniels was beaten on September 1 and died six days later from his injuries. A criminal complaint says 23-year-old Deandre Chaney Jr. was performing a criminal lewd act on Dante's 7-year-old sister when Dante stepped in to help.

    >>
  • Spokane community weighs in on homelessness

    Spokane community weighs in on homelessness

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 2:25 AM EDT2017-09-26 06:25:48 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's no secret that Spokane is struggling to fight homelessness in a battle that's been going on for years. People are getting passionate about what is and isn't being done about it. On Monday night, the city of Spokane wanted to hear from the community about tackling the problem of homelessness. Over a hundred people came to the meeting.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's no secret that Spokane is struggling to fight homelessness in a battle that's been going on for years. People are getting passionate about what is and isn't being done about it. On Monday night, the city of Spokane wanted to hear from the community about tackling the problem of homelessness. Over a hundred people came to the meeting.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/