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Puget Sound opens wide for hoped-for flood of stimulus money

Post by Joe Turner on Dec. 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm with No Comments »
December 30, 2008 4:51 pm

Tacoma wants $12 million for the Puyallup River Bridge, $3 million for Murray Morgan Bridge cables and $5 million for the Old Town Dock.

Fife wants $25 million for the 70th Avenue-Valley corridor project.

Orting wants $6 million for a connector at Highway 162 and Whitehawk Boulevard.

King County Metro wants $35 million to buy 40 bybrid buses.

The list goes on.

The Puget Sound Regional Council has assembled a draft list of economic stimulus projects for the four-county region of Pierce, King, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The council’s transportation committee will meet Jan. 8 to go over the list.

I’m sure if anyone else wants to build something with federal money, there’s still a chance to get your bid in.

One question: How many jobs are created by Metro’s purchase of 40 buses? I mean, jobs in America, not Canada?

Last month a special meeting of RPEC was scheduled for members to review projects submitted for potential economic recovery funds in order to make a recommendation to the Transportation Policy Board at its January 8th meeting.

As you recall, that meeting was originally scheduled for December 19th, but was cancelled due to weather conditions. We rescheduled that meeting for Monday, January 5th, at 9:30am in the PSRC Boardroom. This meeting is expected to extend beyond the usual 1.5 hours, lasting until we get this important work done.

Attached please find the meeting agenda, as well as a draft list of projects for your review. The last page of the project list explains how the projects were arrayed.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Richter at (206) 971-3289 or krichter@psrc.org.

Karen Richter, Program Manager

Puget Sound Regional Council

(206) 971-3289


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