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ARRA - What is a Tier 2 project?

WSDOT has started applying federal stimulus funds to a secondary list of more than $80 million in projects identified by Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Legislature as projects that WSDOT could advance if additional stimulus funding became available.

Gov. Gregoire and Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond announced in June that Washington state will deliver more highway projects with $492 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds than first envisioned, thanks to the recent trend toward lower construction bids. Contractor bids on state, city and county stimulus projects are coming in an average of 20 percent lower than expected.

The low bids reverse a trend from 2004 to 2008, when inflation in the cost of highway project construction caused cost escalations of 42 percent.

Local governments are also experiencing low bids and are preparing to advance additional Recovery Act projects. The secondary lists of local projects are dependent upon the amount of savings available. Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) and Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) have provided Tier 2 lists on their respective websites. For projects selected outside these areas, the Local Panel has developed a prioritized Tier 2 list. After funding is determined to be available and projects selected, a link to the project's web page will be provided.

The projects on the secondary list will be funded as money becomes available. At this time, it is not clear how many of the projects on the secondary list will be funded with surplus Recovery Act dollars.

View the Tier 2 project list.

Last revised on January 25, 2010