2005 Transportation Partnership Program (TPA)

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The money and what it means to you

The Legislature passed a new transportation revenue package to fund 274 projects across the state over the next 16 years. The package includes:

  • 9.5 cents gas tax increase phased in over four years - $5.5 billion
  • Vehicle Weight Fee on passenger cars - $908 million
  • The light truck weight fee increase - $436 million
  • Annual motor home fee of $75 - $130 million

What does the 2005 Funding Package promise for future transportation investment in Washington?
The 2005 Washington State Legislature provided a 16-year expenditure plan to take care of some of Washington State's most critical transportation needs. Over 270 projects will be funded by a package that will make roads and bridges safer as well as ease choke points in the system.

What types of projects are funded from the 2005 Transportation Partnership Program?

Total Investment: $7.1 billion
Number of Projects: 274

At-Risk Structures - $2.98 billion for 30 projects

The "At-Risk Structures" category includes $2.98 billion to rehabilitate or replace 30 existing bridges. The work will extend the life-time of the bridges to ensure they can continue to meet daily needs, withstand stream erosion and stand up to severe earthquakes.

  • Alaskan Way Viaduct - $2 billion
    This is the State's contribution towards replacing this aging and earthquake vulnerable structure. Learn more about the Alaskan Way Viaduct project.
  • SR 520 Bridge - $500 million
    The State's contribution towards replacement of the SR 520 floating bridge. Some of the money will complete the design work, most of it will pay for some construction. Additional funding for the construction will have to come from tolls and regional sources.
  • Bridge Seismic Retrofit - Central Puget Sound $87 million
    These projects will strengthen supporting columns of bridges to resist earthquake damage. Central Puget Sound has two seismic zones with the highest potential for ground movement in the state. High Risk Zone 113 bridges for $57 million
    Moderate Risk Zone 59 bridges for $30 million
  • Bridge Replacements - $391million, 26 projects
    Replaces bridges that are deteriorating and/or are too narrow for safety for today's cars and trucks.

Safety Investments - $279 million for 106 projects

Projects statewide to fix some of the worst locations for frequent accidents including run off-the-road or median crossover dangers.

Strategies include:

  • Remove fixed objects on the roadside.
  • Install new or upgrade obsolete guardrail.
  • Replace at grade intersections with interchanges to prevent broadside collisions.
  • Build passing lanes to reduce risks of head on collisions.
  • Illuminate county road intersections to avoid night time accidents.
  • Widen roads to make new safer in case of driver error or inattention.
  • Build sidewalks and pedestrian bridges and install pedestrian signals to reduce the risks of vehicular death or injury to children or adults on foot.

These projects will provide the following performance outcomes:

  • Fix problems at 52 specific high accident locations and corridors.
  • Install 73 miles of cable median barrier to protect motorists from cross-over accidents on multi-lane highways.
  • Add approximately 25 new lane miles of roadway.
  • Reduce the number of injury accidents in the affected areas by approximately 25%, 1100 injuries per year.

Multi Modal Improvements - $94.8 million for 8 projects 

Improving Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service with:

  • Projects that will support better on-time performance.
  • Projects that will reduce travel times between cities.
  • Greater track capacity at King Street Station.
  • Upgrades to state-owned train equipment

Environmental - $108 million for 21 projects, plus funding for future fish barrier removal projects 

Projects to fix existing unacceptable environmental situations from historic roadway construction.

This work includes:

  • Fixing old, badly-designed culverts that block fish from migrating to and from their spawning areas
  • Fixing chronic roadway problems that require repeated, stream-changing repairs to fix or control slides and erosion.
  • Building new stormwater run-off controls to nearly harmless discharge of roadway runoff, into our states wetlands, streams and water bodies.
  • Building walls to reduce freeway noise on neighborhoods

Freight Mobility and Economic - $542 million for 35 projects 

Replace six bridges and make other improvements to assist freight transportation on our state highways, local roadways and rail systems.

Choke Points and Congestion - $2.95 billion for 69 projects 

Address chokepoints and bottlenecks on the highway system statewide to improve the flow of traffic by adding lanes, improving interchanges and constructing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. These projects will also reduce the number of current accidents and the potential for future increases in the numbers of accidents.

This list of projects includes work on Interstate 5 that needs to be completed before starting the construction phase on the Alaskan Way Viaduct and SR 520 Corridor to minimize traffic disruptions during construction in the Seattle area.

These projects will provide the following performance outcomes:

  • Fix problems at 48 congested locations and and corridors
  • Add approximately 125 new lane miles of roadway
  • Reduce the number of injury accidents by approximately 2000 per year
  • Replace 27 older bridges.