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Gov. Gregoire approves 71 transportation projects for federal stimulus funding

For Immediate Release: April 10, 2009

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today certified 71 transportation projects throughout Washington state as eligible for a total of $70.7 million in federal stimulus funding. The project list encompasses four state highway projects, 55 local projects and 12 transit projects. This brings to 212 the number of transportation projects she has certified.

The federal funding represents more than two-thirds of the total project budgets of $101.3 million, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

“From Forks to Walla Walla, from Oroville to Hoquiam, federal stimulus funds for the projects approved today will create and save jobs, and contribute to economic recovery across Washington,” Gregoire said. “I’m proud of the job our state and local agencies are doing to move quickly — and responsibly — to select shovel-ready projects that use stimulus funds exactly as intended by President Obama and Congress.”

Certification means that projects have undergone all required legal reviews and represent an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars as specified in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

To view a list of certified projects, visit.

In addition to the 59 state and local highway projects covered by today’s certification, the governor said stimulus funds would be provided for 12 transit projects that will benefit urban and rural transit organizations in the state, including:

· Replacement buses for the Whatcom Transportation Authority in the Bellingham area;

· Replacement buses for Intercity Transit in Thurston County;

· Completion of the South Mount Vernon Park-and-Ride Lot and preliminary work on the March Point Park-and-Ride Lot in Skagit County;

· Completion of the maintenance facility at Ben Franklin Transit in Kennewick; and

· A variety of service vehicles, equipment and repair projects at Link Transit in Wenatchee.

Overall, Washington expects to receive approximately $5 billion from the federal stimulus package to modernize Washington’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, increase access to health care and provide tax relief.

Additional information is available at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/funding/stimulus.