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Stimulus Newsletter April 7, 2010

During the peak of the Recovery Act, Stimulus News You Can Use was one way WSDOT kept transportation stakeholders updated on the fast-moving effort to put people to work and improve the state’s infrastructure. Each edition contained information on project delivery and highlights. Visit the Newsletter Archive for earlier editions.



April 7, 2010A photo of cable median barrier. Three cable median barrier projects were completed on March 31.

This week's stimulus snapshot

  • Four more local projects complete
  • Three cable median barrier projects complete
  • Three state and local projects awarded
  • Key April dates
  • Useful Recovery Act web links
  • Stimulus data table update

Four local Recovery Act highway projects completed – Local governments in Whatcom, Snohomish, and Grant counties reported completing four stimulus projects. To date, 45% of stimulus highway projects (95 of 209) have been completed, including 21 state and 74 local projects.

Three cable median barrier projects completed and one awarded – WSDOT completed one contract totaling three projects that installed cable median barriers on SR 18, I-90, and I-5 in the Nisqually area and I-5 in the Bellingham area on March 31. A project installing cable median barrier on US 395 between Wandermere to Half Moon Road was awarded on April 1.

WSDOT awarded a Tier 3 project in Whitman County – The US 195/Idaho State Line to Colton – Paving project was awarded to Poe Asphalt Paving Inc. The project received almost $3.2 million in Recovery Act funds that were not needed for earlier stimulus projects due to favorable bids. Work is expected to begin later during the 2010 construction season.

Two additional local Recovery Act projects awarded – Two local governments awarded Recovery Act projects receiving Federal Highway Administration Recovery Act funds. The Port of Pasco awarded its Intermodal Rail Project Phase 5 on March 12. Clark County awarded its Arterial Overlay project on March 30.

Reporting is underway for the third OMB Quarterly Report – States and local governments receiving stimulus funds will submit detailed quarterly Recovery Act accountability reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget by April 10. Recipients of federal funds will report employment and financial data for stimulus grants and contracts, including highway, aviation, transit, and ferries projects. On April 30, data in the reports will be published on the federal stimulus website www.Recovery.gov. 

Highlight of the week

Construction begins on the largest Recovery Act project in the Yakima ValleyWork is beginning on the WSDOT I-82/Valley Mall Boulevard interchange project.

Construction crews begin work on a project designed to solve nagging congestion at one of Yakima County’s most significant transportation chokepoints, the I-82 Valley Mall Boulevard interchange.

WSDOT and the contractor, Apollo Inc. of Kennewick, are starting construction on the $34.3 million project. Contractor crews will reconfigure the Valley Mall Boulevard interchange to provide better, more direct access to and from I-82 and North Rudkin Road, and improve connections to the interstate for both Union Gap and Yakima. Three new roundabouts will circulate traffic more safely and efficiently through this congested area.

This is the largest Recovery Act highway project in the Yakima Valley and WSDOT estimates this project will provide 140 direct and indirect jobs.

“This project will be a great improvement for the cities of Union Gap and Yakima because we are relieving traffic congestion, improving safety, and encouraging economic growth and development,” said Don Whitehouse, WSDOT Regional Administrator. 

Key April dates

April 10:
Third quarterly performance report due to OMB
April 20: Next performance report due to House T & I Committee
April 20: House T & I Subcommittee holds next Recovery Act hearing
April 30: Stimulus data to be published to www.Recovery.gov


Websites of interest

WSDOT ARRA website: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/funding/stimulus
Washington recovery website: http://www.recovery.wa.gov/
Federal recovery website: http://www.recovery.gov/Pages/default.aspx
FHWA recovery website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/index.htm
Federal Transit Administration recovery website: www.fta.dot.gov/recovery
Federal Rail Administration recovery website: http://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0394
Federal Aviation Administration recovery website: http://www.faa.gov/recovery
OMB recovery website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/recovery_default/

This week by the numbers (project dollars in millions)

Individual highway projects

State

Local

Total

Notes

Operationally complete

21 (45%)

74 (46%)

95 (45%)

Four additional projects completed this edition 

Awarded/under way1

43 (91%)

151 (93%)

194 (93%)

Includes completed projects

Advertised

47 (100%)

157 (97%)

204 (98%)

Includes completed and awarded projects

Certified, awaiting advertisement

0 (0%)

5 (3%)

5 (2%)

These projects are planned for upcoming advertisement

Total highway funds

$340

$152

$492

 

Obligated funds2

$340 (100%)

$152 (100%)

$492 (100%)

All funds were obligated by
March 2, 2010

Projects certified

47 (100%)

162 (100%)

209 (100%)

Three additional projects certified
in March

Projects obligated2

47 (100%)

159 (98%)

206 (99%)

FHWA has approved funds for the projects

Safety funding buckets ($12 stimulus)

Rumble
Strips

Cable
median
barrier

Total

Notes

Completed

15

6

21

State stimulus funds only

Awarded

28

11

39

Includes completed projects

Advertised 

28

13

41

Includes completed and awarded projects

Transit projects

Large
urban

Small
urban

Nonurban/
rural

State total

Percent of total $179 awarded

100%

100%

100%

100%
Includes Washington State Ferries projects

Number of Transit projects obligated

35 of 35

19 of 19

20 of 20

55 of 55
FTA counts all rural projects as one project

January employment

State

Local

Total

Notes

Payroll (in millions)

$2.5

$3.1

$5.6
for January

Cumulatively, $57.5 million in payroll to date 
Average wage is $38 per hour

Hours

57,879

84,619

142,498
for January

Employees have worked 1,505,257 hours to date

FTEs

335

489

824 
for January

FTE = 173 hours per month

Employees

1,071

2,258

3,329
for January

Note: Not a count of unique employees

This includes one state project that has stimulus funding authorized for pre-construction and is currently under way. 
2 All funds were obligated by the March 2, 2010 deadline as required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As projects develop, obligation totals will fluctuate as funds are deobligated due to low bids or savings are realized on project closeouts. Unobligated ARRA balances available to the Highway Construction Program will be used to fund Tier 3 projects. Local ARRA balances will be made available to three additional local projects which were certified on March 8. After September 30, 2010, ARRA funds may not be re-obligated and any balances will be turned over to FHWA for distribution back to the states for project cost increases. 


Last revised on April 11, 2014