Tuesday, February 24, 2009

State lawmakers announced package of transportation projects funded by incoming stimulus money from the Obama administration

House Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Judy Clibborn and Vice-Chair Marko Liias along with Sens. Mary Margaret Haugen and Chris Marr answered questions at a press conference Tuesday concerning the state’s plans for the soon-to-arrive $671 million in transportation dollars from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Their focus was on a portion of those funds – $341 million worth – which will fund ready-to-go highway projects throughout the state. This appropriation is expected to create about 3,330 jobs.

All told, the state expects to generate 6,500 jobs as a result of stimulus-funded transportation projects on the state and local levels.

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