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Stimulus Newsletter June 9, 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.

June 9, 2010

This week's stimulus snapshotCrews restripe US 97 to begin work on a Recovery Act project in Douglas County.

  • Work begins on a US 97 passing lane and paving project in Douglas County
  • North Spokane TIGER project re-advertised June 7 
  • Newsletter anniversary 
  • Important stimulus dates 
  • Useful Recovery Act web links 
  • Stimulus data table update

WSDOT North Spokane Corridor TIGER project advertised – On June 7, WSDOT re-advertised the contract for the US 395 – Francis Ave to Farwell Rd – Southbound Lanes project. WSDOT originally advertised the project on March 22 and received four bidders, but announced on May 12 that all bids were rejected based on ambiguity in the contract documents. Some of the contract requirements were interpreted differently by the participating bidders, most notably the “Buy American Certification.” The tentative bid opening date is July 8. The project received a $35 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) stimulus grant on February 17 and is anticipated to begin construction later this year.

Stimulus Newsletter celebrates anniversary, serves 800 subscribers – Thank you to the readers and contributors who help make the stimulus newsletter one element of how the agency communicates progress on the stimulus program. WSDOT published the first edition of “Stimulus News You Can Use” a year ago and now provides weekly updates to 800 subscribers.

Federal Transportation Blog highlights this week – Check the WSDOT Federal Issues blog for recent items on the Federal Rail Administration’s oversight of high-speed rail, the USDOT draft Strategic Plan, reauthorization, and emissions.

Highlight of the week

US 97 Chelan Falls South passing lane and paving project is under way

A significant safety, mobility, and preservation project on the primary Central Washington route between Canada and Oregon is underway on the east bank of the Columbia River, in Douglas County. The US 97 – South of Chelan Falls Passing Lane project and the US 97 – Orondo Northward Paving project were combined into one, saving thousands of dollars and reducing traffic impacts during construction. The projects not only build a mile-long passing lane in an area with a historically high collision rate, but also resurface 13 highway miles from Orondo north to Chelan Falls.

Funding for the $2.2 million project is a combination of state and federal dollars, which includes $1.88 million of 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. As a result of being selected as a federal stimulus project, construction could be advanced a year.

The safety improvement part of the project constructs a passing lane on US 97, (on the east bank of the Columbia River in west Douglas County), south of Chelan Falls. There have been numerous passing-related collisions due to limited passing opportunities. This project addresses the risk of head-on collisions by providing passing opportunities with a designated passing lane.

The preservation part of the project will upgrade the structural integrity and extend the life of 12.81 miles of US 97's existing asphalt surface. New signage, striping, rumble strips and guardrail are also included in the project.

The project was awarded to Granite Northwest, Inc. for $1.62 million, 2 percent below the engineer’s estimate. Construction began June 1 and  is expected to be completed in August.

Important dates

June 20:
Next report due to T & I Committee
July 10: Next performance report due to Office of Management and Budget
July 16: TIGER II pre-application deadline 
August 11: Transit application deadline for TIGGER grants 
August 23: Final TIGER II application deadline
September 30: Deadline for obligating Recovery Act highway funds

Websites of interest

WSDOT ARRA website:
WSDOT Federal Transportation Issues blog:
Washington recovery website:
Federal recovery website:
FHWA recovery website:
Federal Transit Administration recovery website:
Federal Rail Administration recovery website:
Federal Aviation Administration recovery website:
OMB recovery website:

This week by the numbers (project dollars in millions)

Individual highway projects





Operationally complete

23 (49%)

92 (56%)

115 (54%)

No additional projects completed this edition 

Awarded/under way1

45 (96%)

155 (94%)

200 (94%)

Includes completed projects


47 (100%)

155 (94%)

202 (95%)

Includes completed and awarded projects

Certified, awaiting advertisement

0 (0%)

10 (6%)

10 (5%)

These projects are planned for upcoming advertisement

Total highway funds





Obligated funds2

$340 (100%)

$152 (100%)

$492 (100%)

All funds were obligated by
March 2, 2010

Projects certified

47 (100%)

165 (100%)

212 (100%)

Five additional projects certified 
in May

Projects obligated2

47 (100%)

157 (95%)

204 (96%)

FHWA has approved funds for the projects

Safety funding buckets ($12 stimulus)









State stimulus funds only





Includes completed projects





Includes completed and awarded projects

Transit projects




State total

Percent of total $179 awarded




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

April employment





Payroll (in millions)



for April

Cumulatively, $79.6 million to date 
Average wage is $38 per hour




for April

Employees have worked 2,061,328 hours to date




for April

FTE = 173 hours per month




for April

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