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Stimulus Newsletter November 3, 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.



November 3, 2010

This week's stimulus snapshot

  • Washington received $31 million for high speed rail projects 
  • WSDOT awarded last state Recovery Act highway project 
  • Three more local stimulus projects completed 
  • Ferry County and city of Spokane advertise projects 
  • Important stimulus dates 
  • Useful Recovery Act web links 
  • Stimulus data table update

Washington received $31 million more for high speed rail projects – As part of a statewide push to enhance high speed rail transportation, Washington will receive $31 million in federal funds to improve passenger stations in Seattle and Tukwila and ease rail congestion in Mount Vernon, and develop the State Rail Plan. When combined with $590 million in federal stimulus funds awarded earlier this year, this latest grant brings Washington’s total funding for high speed rail to $621 million.

Last state highway project awarded – On October 28, WSDOT awarded the US 395/Lee Rd to I-90 Junction – Paving project in Spokane County. The project was awarded to Central Washington Asphalt for about $4.7 million, 23% below the engineer’s estimate. All 49 individual state highway projects have been awarded to contractors and 37 are complete.

Three more local Recovery Act highway projects completed –

Two more local Recovery Act highway projects advertised –

Federal Transportation Blog highlights this week – Check the WSDOT Federal Issues blog for recent items on transportation revenue proposals, the impacts of the November 2 elections, the Obama administration’s transportation plans, and the planned transportation reauthorization bill.

WSDOT Highlight of the Week

Two roundabouts set to open this month on the I-82 Valley Mall Boulevard project

WSDOT is ready for the eager holiday shoppers to soon flood Union Gap and local businesses to purchase holiday items. As promised, WSDOT and contractor crews will have two of three roundabouts and the new I-82 eastbound on- and off-ramps open to traffic by Nov. 17.
Two of the three roundabouts take shape on the I-82 Valley Mall Boulevard Interchange Improvements project. These roundabouts are scheduled to open to traffic in mid November.
Construction on the I-82 Valley Mall Boulevard Interchange Improvements project started in April. In just six months, contractor crews have demolished an overpass, built a detour, relocated traffic, placed more than 4,000 cubic yards of asphalt, poured more than 31,600 tons of concrete, built new curbs and sidewalks, relocated water and sewer lines, built two new roundabouts, and built new on- and off-ramps.

However, the project isn’t complete. When construction resumes in the spring, crews will build the third and final roundabout and the new I-82 westbound off-ramp, rebuild the new I-82 eastbound overpass, and demolish and rebuild the new I-82 westbound overpass. Crews will also work on the city of Union Gap’s portion of this project, which includes reconstructing the intersection of Main Street and Valley Mall Boulevard to provide four lanes with left and right turn lanes, a bus pull-out, street lights, and a traffic signal.

This is a crucial project for the Yakima Valley that will encourage economic growth and development for the cities of Union Gap and Yakima. By fall 2011, drivers will enjoy smoother access to and from I-82, less congestion and delay on Valley Mall Boulevard, and wider bridges on I-82 that will accommodate future growth.

The gas tax was originally the major source of construction funding for this $34.3 million project, which includes the purchase of right of way and project design costs. Due to revenue shortfall, construction of this improvement was delayed six years. Last spring, the Governor and Legislature selected the project to receive federal stimulus funding, providing the necessary dollars to deliver the project on its original schedule. 
 
Websites of interest

WSDOT ARRA website: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/funding/stimulus
WSDOT Federal Transportation Issues blog: http://wsdotfederalfunding.blogspot.com
Washington recovery website: http://www.recovery.wa.gov/
Federal recovery website: http://www.recovery.gov/
FHWA recovery website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/index.htm
Federal Transit Administration recovery website: www.fta.dot.gov/recovery
Federal Railroad 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

37 (75%)

129 (76%)

166 (76%)

Three additional projects completed this edition 

Awarded/under way1

49 (100%)

163 (96%)

212 (97%)

Includes completed projects

Advertised

49 (100%)

167 (98%)

216 (99%)

Includes completed and awarded projects

Certified, awaiting advertisement

0 (0%)

3 (2%)

3 (1%)

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

49 (100%)

170 (100%)

219 (100%)

All projects are now certified 

Projects obligated2

49 (100%)

170 (100%)

219 (100%)

FHWA has approved funds for the projects

Safety funding buckets ($12 stimulus)

Rumble
Strips

Cable
median
barrier

Total

Notes

Completed

28

11

39

 

Awarded

28

13

41

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

September
employment

State

Local

Total

Notes

Payroll (in millions)

$3.4

$3.5

$6.9 for September

Cumulatively, $131.6 million to date - Average wage is $38 per hour

Hours

80,025

93,363

173,388 
for September

Employees have worked 3,403,751 hours to date

FTEs

462

540

1,002
for September

FTE = 173 hours per month

Employees

1,461

2,382

3,843 for September

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 September 30, 2010 deadline as required by the Recovery Act.  
* TIGER projects are not included in this table.


Last revised on April 11, 2014