"WSDOT is eager to begin construction and help create jobs in Washington," said Paula Hammond, Washington Transportation Secretary. "The positive impact of this project will be seen not only in the jobs it supports but also in the long-term improvement of highways that are vital to the economic health of the Long Beach peninsula."

The project paves a portion of US 101 near Fort Columbia and SR 103 through the City of Long Beach. Crews will chip seal SR 103 between Long Beach and Ocean Park. Paving work will begin in June with work expected to be completed by late July. Chip seal work is expected to be completed by late August.

This is the first of six ARRA WSDOT highway projects to be constructed in Southwest Washington, bringing more than $27 million in stimulus funding to the area. Additionally, a total of $15.3 million in stimulus funds will be spent on 23 local city and county construction projects throughout the region.

For more information about the US 101/SR 103 – Fort Columbia to Long Beach – paving project, please visit the project Web page at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/PavementRehab/SR103_177StToBaySt/.

For more information about 181 ARRA highway projects being built around the state, please visit: www.wsdot.wa.gov/funding/stimulus.