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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 4, 2004
Contact: Lori Irving, Telephone: (202) 366-0660
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $18.4 Million for Washington Highway, Bridge Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced that newly released funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will help reduce congestion, enhance safety and improve traffic flow at key transportation projects around the state. The Bush administration is providing more than $18.4 million for construction of additional lanes on Interstate 90, for reconstruction of the interchange at Interstates 405 and 5 in the Seattle area and for 22 other Washington transportation projects.

"Investing in Washington's highways is the best way to get people to their jobs, families to their homes and goods to market," Secretary Mineta said.

Several of the projects will ease congestion on some of the state's most heavily traveled roads. The Bush administration has slated $1.1 million for the additional I-90 lanes from Spokane to the Idaho state line and $1.1 million for the new I-405/I-5 interchange in the Seattle area.

Other projects include more than $735,000 to improve roads on the Skokomish Indian Reservation in Mason County and $1.1 million for auxiliary lanes for Interstate 182 near Richland in Southeast Washington.

"The funding we're announcing today is an investment in the transportation infrastructure of Washington and the region," said FHWA Administrator Mary Peters. "The President understands that these investments are important to our quality of life and to keep our economy moving."

The following table shows the programs and projects funded by these grants.

Borders and Corridors 2,899,459
172nd Street/I-5 Interchange and Bridge Expansion 1,739,675
US-395 North Spokane Corridor 579,892
Yakima Grade Separations 579,892
Bridges 579,891
Coal Creek Parkway 579,891
Ferry Boats 579,892
Southworth and Vashon Terminal Improvements 579,892
Interstate Maintenance 5,798,917
Ellensburg Interchange I-90, Milepost 108.31 869,838
I-182, Queensgate to SR 240, Richland 1,159,783
I-405 Corridor Improvements 1,159,783
I-5 Rush Road to Maytown Widening, Lewis County 1,159,783
I-5 Vancouver Interchange Improvements 579,892
I-5 Lynnwood City Center Exit 579,892
I-90 Spokane to Idaho State Line 1,159,783
Valley Mall Boulevard Interchange and South Union Gap Interchange 289,946
ITS 5,723,873
King County, County-wide Signal Program 809,982
Program of Projects 1,079,976
Seattle City Center ITS 1,349,970
Auburn, Auburn Way South ITS 863,981
Clark County Transit, VAST ITS 863,981
Tukwila, Signalization Interconnect and Intelligent Transportation 755,983
Public Lands 2,528,518
Colville Confederated Tribe--Inchelium/Gifford Bridge Feasibility Study 67,880
Cross Base Highway 424,248
Lower Etwha Klallam Tribe--Access Road 1,301,027
Skokomish Tribe Roadway Improvements 735,363
Transportation and Community and System Preservation Pilot Program 289,946
Bellingham Coast Millennium Trail--South Bay Taylor Dock Project 289,946

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