7-year reign: Washington retains its title as nation’s most ‘Bicycle-Friendly State’

For the seventh consecutive year, Washington has been named the nation’s No. 1 “Bicycle-Friendly State” by the League of American Bicyclists.

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WSP Chief, Secretary of Transportation honor telecommunicators in both agencies

Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson and State Patrol Chief John Batiste took time to honor telecommunicators who work in their agencies all last week.

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WSDOT to fund added SR520 costs with additional revenue

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Transportation announced it has reached agreement with its pontoon contractor for added costs associated with building pontoons for the new State

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Agreements secure $590 million in federal passenger rail funding for Washington state

OLYMPIA – Agreements have been signed that guarantee Washington state will get $590 million in federal stimulus money to improve the Amtrak Cascades rail corridor from Portland to Seattle, Gov. Chris Gregoire said today.

 

One agreement was signed between the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that commits FRA to allocate 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) money to Washington’s passenger rail projects. The $590 million initially was awarded in early 2010, and this new agreement guarantees the money.

 

Separately, Amtrak, BNSF Railway and WSDOT signed an agreement that outlines how rail investments will be made based on service outcomes and passenger rail performance benchmarks on rail lines shared by freight and passenger rail, such as on-time performance, faster travel times and frequency of service.

As summer vacation ends, long-term lane closures on I-90 begin

EASTON, Wash. - Just when you thought construction was winding down for the season, crews are getting ready to kick it into high gear on I-90 after Labor Day. As part of an $18.4 million Recovery Act-funded project, WSDOT and contractor crews will replace several miles of deteriorating concrete panels in the right lane of westbound I-90, between Easton and Bullfrog Road (www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/i90/lkeastontobullfrogwb), about 20 miles east of Snoqualmie Summit.
 
WSDOT waited until heavy summer travel volumes subsided to help reduce delays and congestion for travelers on this critical cross-state route. The work and lane closures are still expected to add an up to an hour to drivers’ commute times across the pass.

Transportation Secretary Hammond leads western states in highlighting progress on stimulus project spending

SEATTLE- Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond and state department of transportation directors from 17 states hosted a news conference today highlighting the rapid pace of delivering federal Recovery Act jobs and highway projects bolstering the nation's economic recovery.

Nationwide 2,000 construction projects with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are already underway with more to come in the months ahead.  Hammond, Caltrans Director Will Kempton, and Utah Department of Transportation Executive Director John Njord each conveyed how thousands of projects were approved by states in record time, and below budget estimates.

 

Gov. Gregoire, Sec. Hammond announce recovery funds contract to preserve US 101, SR 103

LONG BEACH - Gov. Chris Gregoire and Washington State Department of Transportation Sec. Paula Hammond today announced that Morse Bros., Inc. won the contract to complete the first stimulus transportation project in Southwest Washington with a $1.8 million bid.

The project received $690,000 in federal funding, and will support an estimated 18 jobs.

 

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"In these tough economic times, every job matters. This funding provides another opportunity to improve our transportation system, while getting paychecks to workers completing this job," Gregoire said. "I commend Sec. Hammond and all involved at WSDOT for getting these contracts awarded quickly. This is another great example of Washington state getting federal stimulus money flowing through our economy in an accountable way to create jobs and stimulate our economy."