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Shoreline to Receive $6.9 Million in Funding for Transportation Projects

Transportation Improvement Program approved – $7.9 Billion in planned projects for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties

SEATTLE – Transportation projects totaling more than $7.9 billion, including $6.91 million for the City of Shoreline, will move forward in the central Puget Sound region, following action by the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Executive Board to approve the 2013-2016 Regional Transportation Improvement Program on October 25.

The Regional Transportation Improvement Program provides a list of current transportation projects in all four counties of the region – King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish. These projects are funded with federal, state and local funds, including recent federal grants awarded through PSRC.

Among the projects receiving PSRC funding in the Shoreline area are:

  • Aurora Ave N (SR-99), N 192nd St to N 205th St  - $3,411,665
  • N 175th Street Overlay Preservation Project, Midvale Avenue N to I-5 - $190,229
  • Interurban Trail-Burke Gilman Connection – 195th Street Trail (1st Ave NE – 5th Ave NE) - $371,950
  • Westminster Way N Overlay Preservation Project, N 145th Street to Aurora Avenue N - $246,054
  • Lynnwood to Northgate Link Light Rail Extension - $2,691,969

“Securing federal transportation funding for communities in the region is one of the key roles of the Puget Sound Regional Council,” said Commissioner Josh Brown, PSRC President.  “These projects are advancing a better system that gets people and goods where they need to go, provides transportation choices, and helps grow jobs in the region.”

To find out more, visit PSRC’s online Project Map, which makes it easy to zoom in and see projects planned in different parts of the region.

The Transportation Improvement Program is required under federal and state laws, and helps to ensure that transportation projects are meeting regional policies and federal and state requirements such as those under the Clean Air Act.

PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The Council is composed of over 80 entities, including all four counties, cities and towns, ports, state, and local transportation agencies and tribal governments within the region. PSRC is also the lead regional economic development planning resource and home to the Prosperity Partnership.

Source: Puget Sound Regional Council.

Doris McConnell October 26, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Wow, wow, wow! $6.9 million towards Shoreline infrastructure is awesome.
Tom Jamieson October 28, 2012 at 02:25 AM
How much coal will we have to swallow for the $6.9M? There's no tooth fairy paying a visit to City Hall. This funding is the result of a negotiation. If we consider only what we get out of the deal, of course it looks awesome, but what did we give up to get it? A City committed to open government would not only allow the public to discover what the City conceded, it would engage in public outreach on a par with that used this campaign season to promote Prop 1. They could have reminded the public that the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) was holding a Public Comment period from September 13 – October 25, 2012 (That's right, it just ended) for their 2013 Regional Transit Improvement Program for 2013-2016. Where is the rest of this story? The PSRC’s selected projects must adhere to federal requirements as detailed in 23 CFR Part 450. These include addressing the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)'s eight planning factors (§450.306). These factors include: 23 CFR 450.306(a)(4): Increase accessibility and mobility of people and freight. 23 CFR 450.306(a)(6): Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes throughout the State for people and freight. So how much export coal dust and noise pollution will we now be stuck with as a consequence of the City's accepting the $6.9M? And if it wasn't coal, what was it? There is no free lunch.
one opinion October 28, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Thanks for the update. The Aurora Corridor will soon have its upgrade complete...too bad it had to take so long, but that was in part the product of the short-sightedness of the initial opponents of the project: some who brought lawsuit(s), others of whom added costs to the second mile (e.g., the rain garden at 192nd), and others of whom now complain about the total cost being more than the city projected, but without subtracting these extra, unforeseen costs. Hopefully, when Shoreline's last segment is complete, the City of Edmonds will be able to get funding (if they haven't already) to widen the bridge over SR-104 in order to keep the business-access-transit lane uninterrupted up to 148th SW.

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