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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



 

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