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ARRA Transportation Overview

Washington State Delivering on the Stimulus Plan

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In February 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. WSDOT is delivering. We are using the federal dollars to put people to work in a way that stimulates our economy and also helps maintain our transportation system. In Washington, we call it “Washington Jobs Now.” Washington’s leadership in transportation and our ongoing delivery of 421 projects funded by the 2003 and 2005 state gas tax packages prepared us to translate the federal recovery funding into job creation.

In selecting projects for funding, we prioritized:

  • Advancing projects and jobs that would have otherwise been delayed due to funding shortfalls;
  • Advancing projects and jobs that would address high priority highway preservation needs

ARRA funds save jobs, put Washingtonians back to work
As of December 2013, an estimated 5,995 total full-time equivalent jobs have been created or saved to date by the expended ARRA state and local highway project dollars. A projected 33 additional jobs will be created or saved by the remaining stimulus funding dollars for a total of 6,028 estimated direct, indirect and induced jobs. Find out more by reading the WSDOT ARRA folio (744kb).

Washington recognized for excellence in ARRA performance
The Federal Highway Administration congratulated WSDOT in early August 2012 for its exemplary performance in delivering ARRA projects. At that time, Washington led the nation in the percent of ARRA projects vouchered (86.67 percent). As of December 2013, the state has spent 99.3 percent of the funding (approximately $551 out of $555 million) it received, and is working hard to complete its remaining projects, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

How much is being invested in Washington?

The Federal Highway Administration has provided $555 million for state and local highway projects.

In addition to these funds, FHWA awarded $7.8 million in National Ferry Transportation System Grants to Washington State Ferries.

The Federal Transit Administration has provided $179 million in formula funding to Washington for transit system capital projects.

The Federal Rail Administration has allocated $767 million in funding in Washington for rail projects

The Federal Aviation Administration has allocated $44 million in ARRA funds to Washington airports.


The public expected that ARRA stimulus funding would result in jobs. That's why the ARRA had a number of reporting requirements built into the authorizing legislation. 

Former Gov. Gregoire particularly appreciated the accountability measures included in the recovery package. The state ensured that the money provided by the federal government went to the right projects and was used in the right way to help our residents and our economy. The Governor issued an executive order to ensure transparency and accountability as federal funds are distributed in the state.

WSDOT is committed to reporting on the how the ARRA funds are invested in a way that is meaningful and transparent to the public, the Governor, watchdog groups and the federal government.

The ongoing delivery of 421 projects funded by the 2003 and 2005 gas tax packages has helped WSDOT develop a national model for performance management and performance reporting. Since 2002, WSDOT has published a detailed, quarterly performance report, the Gray Notebook. The report includes detailed project reporting for all of WSDOT’s construction projects. In addition, comprehensive project information is provided on individual project web pages.


Last revised on April 03, 2014