Washington state awarded $25.9 million to improve transportation projects

Transportation projects around Washington state are about to get a boost. The federal government announced the Evergreen state has been awarded more than $25.9 million in funding. The announcement was issued by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on August 17.

The money, provided by grants, is designated for an array of highway-related efforts ranging from completing environmental review and design for the new Columbia River Crossing to constructing a new overpass in Ridgefield.

"Transportation investments like these will create jobs and improve the quality of life for Washington residents as well as strengthen the state's economy," said Secretary LaHood.

Washington was awarded the funds by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In June, the FHWA invited states to apply for federal funding from 14 grant programs. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, requests poured in from every state, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.. More than 1,800 applications were submitted, totaling nearly $13 billion, which was more than 30 times the funds available.

Washington received funding amounts for the following projects:

Constructing an overpass and two grade crossings at Pioneer Street in Ridgefield – $3,500,000

Preserving vehicle access to the Olympic National Park's Hoh Rain Forest – $3,425,442

Constructing a new ferry boat in Wahkiakum County – $2,800,000

Completing environmental review and design for the Columbia River Crossing replacement – $2,000,000

Improving safety and connectivity on the Whidbey Scenic Isle Way – $1,800,800

Boat replacement and utility upgrades on the Keller Ferry on SR 21 on the Colville Reservation –  $1,600,000

Constructing the South 200th Street Intermodal Station in SeaTac – $1,304,400

Constructing a new ferry for the Port of Port Townsend in Jefferson County – $1,304,000

Constructing pedestrian and bike access across the I-5 corridor in Burlington – $1,040,000

Installing a roundabout at Haxton Way, Northgate Road and Smokehouse Road on the Lummi Reservation – $1,000,000

Completing the Downtown Tacoma Streetscape Project on Pacifica Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets –  $978,300

Access improvements and renovation of the Port of Kingston – $764,000

Constructing the Kalispel Cultural Rest Area in the Kalispel Indian Community – $714,466

Constructing the final mile of the 6-mile Cushman Trail – $652,200

Completion of the first link of a multiuse trail in Steveson and feasibility study for additions to the Bridge of the Gods – $504,800