WSDOT Completes 50th Project Funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

This week by the numbers (project dollars in millions)

Individual highway projects

State

Local

Total

Notes

Total funds

$340

$152

$492

 

Obligated funds1

$222.6 (65%)

$134.5 (88%)

$357.1 (73%)

All funds must be obligated by March 1, 2010

Projects certified

39 (100%)

153 (100%)

192 (100%)

 

Projects obligated

36 (92%)

141 (92%)

177 (92%)

FHWA has obligated some or all funds for the projects

Project delivery to date

Operationally complete

15 (38%)

35 (23%)

50 (26%)

Two state projects reported complete this week

Awarded/
under way2 

30 (74%)

135 (88%)

165 (86%)

Includes completed projects

Advertised

31 (79%)

138 (90%)

169 (88%)

Includes completed and awarded projects

Certified, awaiting advertisment

7 (18%)

15 (10%)

22 (11%)

These projects, including several receiving surplus funds, are planned for upcoming advertisement.

Safety funding buckets ($12 stimulus)

Rumble
Strips

Cable
median
barrier

Total

Notes

Completed

10

0

10

State stimulus funds only

Awarded

17

6

23

 State stimulus funds only

Advertised 

27

7

34

 State stimulus funds only

Transit projects

Large
urban

Small
urban

Nonurban/
rural

State total

Percent of total $179 awarded

97%

97%

100%

98%

Number of Transit projects obligated

33 of 35

18 of 19

20 of 20

52 of 55
FTA counts all rural projects as one project

August
employment

State

Local

Total

Notes

Payroll

$5

$4.3

$9.3

New data available next week

Hours

130,386

121,739

252,125

Up from 144,308 total hours in July

FTEs

754

704

1,458

FTE = 173 hours per month

Employees

2,220

3,213

5,433

Note: Not a count of unique employees

1$4M in state enhancement funds provided to locals. While WSDOT controls $340M, the total for obligation authority is $344M, which is the basis of the percentages in this table, and basis for USDOT review on 3/01/2010.
2One engineering project under way does not include an advertisement phase.

 

Key issues: State

Ribbon-cutting planned for three projects October 22 near Moses Lake – WSDOT will host a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate completion of a contract that funded two Recovery Act projects and a Transportation Partnership Account-funded project in Grant County. The SR 17/Moses Lake to Ephrata paving included resurfacing eight miles of SR 17 from the Grant County Airport to the junction with SR 282, and from there, five miles of SR 282 to the junction with SR 28 in Ephrata. Construction crews also built more than four miles of passing lanes funded by the 2005 gas tax.

WSDOT submits more accountability reports – WSDOT submitted new accountability reports to the Federal Highway Administration and U.S. Congress on October 20. The reports, including new employment data for work through September 30, 2009, will be posted online soon.

One more highway project awarded –
Local project

Key issues: National

Over 8,000 highway projects now obligated – President Obama joined Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on October 14 at a Virginia project to announce that over 8,000 highway projects have been obligated and 4,697 are now under construction.

New Preliminary National Rail Plan unveiled – The Federal Rail Administration announced it has completed a preliminary national rail plan highlighting both freight and passenger rail. The effort comes as the stimulus provided $8 billion for new investment in high-speed passenger rail nationwide.

FRA reviewing high-speed rail applications - The Federal Rail Administration conducted initial reviews of the 45 corridor development applications under the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program to confirm the requests from 24 states received by October 2 were complete, according to the weekly Department of Transportation newsletter. On October 14, FRA Administrator Joseph C. Szabo said the agency does not expect to make any award announcements until after January 1. Announcements are expected before or on February 17, 2010.

Inspector General’s Office announced audit plans for Recovery Act – On October 16, the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General released an updated plan to use the $20 million it received to monitor the agency’s stimulus program. Planned audits include:

  • Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration evaluations of improper payments and whether the agency has adequate internal prevention and detection controls.
  • Three reviews of Federal Aviation Administration aid to airports, including grant awards, employment creation and reporting, and expenditure oversight.
  • Other audits include oversight of public agencies, ensuring data quality, and oversight of the $1.5 billion TIGER and $8 billion High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail grants.

Stimulus project of the week

Stimulus-funded project will help reduce crossover collisions

A project envisioned more than a decade ago is now coming to fruition, thanks to the financial boost provided, in part, by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding.

The missing link of shared-use path that connects the Lacey Woodland Regional Trail to the Chehalis Western Trail and the City of Lacey is finally under construction. During the four months the trail has been under construction, it has employed an average of 60 workers per month and reached a peak of 84 workers in September. The $2.5 million project cost is covered by $1 million in stimulus funds, along with other federal, state and local funding sources.

“We’ve been talking about this trail since 1992,” said Assistant City of Lacey Manager Scott Spence. “With the ARRA funds we were able to accomplish this task – it could have remained on the books for quite a long time without it."

The project completes 2.2 miles of separated trail featuring a 10-foot wide paved surface for walkers and bicyclists with a gravel shoulder for joggers. Marked crossing-islands are being constructed at major streets, and landscaping and lighting are being installed in key locations.

“We expect the trial will be used predominantly for recreation. It will link south Thurston County to the Puget Sound and Woodland Creek Park in Lacey,” said Spence. “Since the trail goes through the city’s commercial core, it also supports alternative modes of transportation and gives commuters an option to get out of their cars. That benefits the city both in terms of traffic congestion and air quality.”

The trail will be opened for use by the end of November, with remaining landscaping work scheduled for completion in February 2010.

Important dates

October 22: Ribbon cutting on SR 17/SR 282 Moses Lake to Ephrata – Paving
October 30: Recovery.gov to publish OMB performance reports online
November 10: Washington’s second monthly performance report due
January 10: Next quarterly report due to OMB
February 17: Deadline for the U.S. Department of Transportation to announce TIGER grants and High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail awards (both are expected earlier)
March 1: Deadline for obligating federal highway funds

Websites of interest

WSDOT ARRA website: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/funding/stimulus
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 Rail Administration recovery website: http://www.fra.dot.gov/us/content/2153
Federal Aviation Administration recovery website: http://www.faa.gov/recovery
OMB recovery website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/recovery_default/

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