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Stimulus Newsletter July 14, 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.



July 14, 2010

This week's stimulus snapshot

  • Five more local highway projects completed 
  • Grant County transit project ground breaking July 14 
  • Lewis and Clark Bridge stimulus painting project begins 
  • WSDOT submits required performance reports on July 14 
  • Two cities advertise local Recovery Act projects 
  • High-speed rail news 
  • Important stimulus dates 
  • Useful Recovery Act web links 
  • Stimulus data table update

Five more local Recovery Act projects completed – The Port of Vancouver’s West Vancouver Freight Access project and city of Washougal’s SR 14 Pedestrian Tunnel are among five recently completed local stimulus projects. The Port project – part of the larger West Vancouver Freight Access project – adds 35,000 feet of new capacity to the port’s internal system. In late June, Burlington Northern Santa Fe began using the new track, constructed in a loop with associated yard tracks and located at the port’s recently developed Terminal 5. The loop will provide rail service for a variety of cargoes, including wind energy components. More information on the project is available at the Port’s website. The pedestrian tunnel’s grand opening is planned for August 14 and more information and photographs are available at the city of Washougal’s website. In addition, the city of Rockford in Spokane County completed its Emma Street Sidewalks project on July 8 and two more local Recovery Act projects in Pierce County were reported complete last week. The Orting SR 162 Rechannelization project and the Eatonville Rural Town Center project were operationally complete in late May. Washington state and local governments have now completed 123 (25 state, 98 local) of the 214 certified individual highway stimulus projects.

Grant County groundbreaking planned for new transit facility – On July 14, Grant Transit Authority is holding a groundbreaking in Moses Lake for the maintenance and operations facility construction project receiving $3.6 million in Recovery Act funds. The project is the largest stimulus-funded rural transit project in Washington.

Federal stimulus reporting under way for Recovery.gov – WSDOT, local governments and transportation agencies receiving stimulus funds will submit required accountability reports by July 14. The recipients will report employment and financial data for stimulus grants and contracts, including highway, aviation, transit, and ferries projects. On July 30, data in the reports will be published on the federal stimulus website www.Recovery.gov.

High Speed Rail program achieves milestone – The Federal Railroad Administration published a draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the entire program of proposed rail infrastructure improvements funded by the 2009 Recovery Act grants. The public comment period for the draft report began on July 8 and ends August 9. The full report is available for download.

WSDOT applies for nearly $34 million in additional High Speed Rail funds – WSDOT submitted federal applications for three construction and three planning grants from $115 million available nationwide. The U.S. DOT is expected to announce $65 million in construction grants and $50 million in planning grants later this summer. The construction grants require a 50% match.

Construction grant applications:
Mount Vernon Siding Extension ($3.3 million)
Tukwila Station ($9 million)
Vancouver WA – Port Access Rail Improvements ($17.1 million)

Planning grant applications:
Study of stopping patterns in south King and north Pierce counties for
Amtrak Cascades ($160,000)
Integrated State Rail Plan ($400,000)
Service Development Plan and Tier 1 NEPA – Seattle North ($3.6 million)

Two new local Recovery Act projects advertised – On June 13, the city of Cheney in Spokane County advertised its project to improve four city streets. The arterial preservation project is receiving $500,000 in surplus stimulus funds due to low bids on earlier Recovery Act projects. The project will replace the roadway and the sidewalks. On June 30, the city of Lakewood in Pierce County advertised its $200,000 traffic signal upgrade project, which received $192,704 in Recovery Act funds. To date, 205 projects receiving Recovery Act highway funds (47 state and 158 local) have been advertised for bids, including 200 (45 local and 155 state) that have been awarded or are under way.

Federal Transportation Blog highlights this week – Check the WSDOT Federal Issues blog for recent items on the high speed rail funding in the proposed 2011 House budget, more information about electrical vehicle programs, a national most wanted list for safety improvements, and the latest information on federal transportation funding reauthorization. 

Highlight of the week

Final contract to paint Lewis and Clark Bridge is now under way

WSDOT and Odyssey/Geronimo JV of Houston, Penn. began the third and final phase of painting the 81-year-old SR 433 Lewis and Clark Bridge in Longview Wednesday, June 30. This $47 million project paints the steel above the roadway and applies a protective coating to help prevent future corrosion.

WSDOT added $12.3 million in Recovery Act funds to the project, which allowed the project to move off of the drawing board and into the lineup for construction. With Recovery Act funds and the competitive bid climate, WSDOT and ODOT were able to fully fund this final phase of the painting project. The project cost is split evenly betPainting work on the third phase of the Lewis and Clark Bridge is under way. The project received $12.5 million in stimulus funds.ween Washington and Oregon, as are all interstate bridge projects over the Columbia River.

“The 2009 Recovery and Reinvestment Act is still helping WSDOT deliver projects and get people back to work more than a year after it was signed into law,” said WSDOT Southwest Acting Region Administrator Bart Gernhart. “Thanks to these funds and our partnership with ODOT, we are now able to finish restoring and preserving the Lewis and Clark Bridge for the thousands of drivers that rely on it every day.”
The SR 433 Lewis and Clark Bridge is a historic landmark and essential link for Washington and Oregon commuters and trucking commerce. The bridge carries an average of 21,000 vehicles per day, 13 percent of which are freight. This project delivers more than a fresh coat of paint; it preserves and restores the structural integrity of the bridge, allowing it to continue handling commuter and heavy freight traffic for years to come.

For more project information, please visit: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/SR433/LewisClarkBridgePainter/.

Important dates

July 14: Next performance report due to Office of Management and Budget
July 16: TIGER II pre-application deadline 
July 20: Next performance report due to the T & I Committee
July 22: Tentative bid opening date for North Spokane Corridor TIGER project
July 26: TIGER II planning grant pre-application deadline
July 27: Next T & I Committee Recovery Act progress report hearing
August 6: High-speed rail grant application deadline
August 11: Transit application deadline for TIGGER grants 
August 14: Ribbon cutting for Washougal SR 14 pedestrian tunnel project
August 23: Final TIGER II application deadline
September 30: Deadline for obligating Recovery Act highway funds
September 30: Deadline for next high-speed rail grants

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

25 (52%)

98 (59%)

123 (57%)

Five additional projects completed this edition 

Awarded/under way1

45 (94%)

155 (93%)

200 (94%)

Includes completed projects

Advertised

47 (98%)

158 (95%)

205 (96%)

Includes completed and awarded projects

Certified, awaiting advertisement

1 (2%)

8 (5%)

9 (4%)

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

48 (100%)

166 (100%)

214 (100%)

Two additional projects certified 
in June

Projects obligated2

47 (98%)

162 (98%)

209 (98%)

FHWA has approved funds for the projects

Safety funding buckets ($12 stimulus)

Rumble
Strips

Cable
median
barrier

Total

Notes

Completed

17

7

24

State stimulus funds only

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

May employment

State

Local

Total

Notes

Payroll (in millions)

$4.8

$4.5

$9.3 for May

Cumulatively, $90.9 million to date 
Average wage is $38 per hour

Hours

112,781

120,514

233,337
for May

Employees have worked 2,338,986 hours to date

FTEs

652

697

1,349
for May

FTE = 173 hours per month

Employees

1,928

3,057

4,985
for May

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