(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that funding she secured to help strengthen Snohomish County economic development has been included in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The funding will help construct and improve freight routes through Snohomish, as well as support the renovation of a new facility for a key community project. The final version of the spending bill came out of a conference committee between the Senate and the House and is expected to pass both bodies shortly before being sent to the President for his signature.
As Chair of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Murray has pushed to secure federal support for Snohomish County projects that create jobs and invest in long-term economic growth. Broadway Bridge Replacement Project, Everett: $3,116,800 This funding will provide for the engineering analysis and preliminary construction of a replacement for the Broadway Bridge in Everett, which was recently discovered to be structurally deficient for current daily traffic and freight volume.
The replacement of this bridge will provide approximately 30 construction jobs, enhance the seismic safety of the crossing and increase freight and vehicle mobility to major employment and economic centers in Everett. “Replacing the Broadway Bridge in Everett will help keep families safe and commuters moving,” said Senator Patty Murray. “This investment will create jobs immediately, and lay down a strong foundation for continued long-term economic growth in Snohomish County.” “We are thankful for Senator Murray’s support and for making replacement of the Broadway Bridge a top priority,” said Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson. The key spending bill passed through the THUD Subcommittee today, and will now move to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration. The following additional projects were included in the bill for Snohomish County: Port of Everett Infrastructure Improvement Project, Everett: $1,168,800 This funding will go towards the construction of approximately 1,000 feet of additional railroad track in the Port of Everett.
In addition to providing approximately 25 jobs, this new rail track will extend access to the cement rail load-out and the BNSF mainline track, expanding freight rail capacity to more customers and increasing the Port’s regional economic impact.
“This new rail track in our marine terminal area creates a critical connection to the BNSF mainline so that cargo can move more efficiently by rail from our facilities,” said John Mohr, Executive Port Director.
Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center Project, Everett: $974,000 This funding will assist in the acquisition and renovation of a new facility for use by Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center in Everett.
A new, updated facility will allow Dawson Place to expand and improve its program, which currently works with over 650 sexually abused children and their non-offending families annually. Dawson Place assists patients and families in the recovery and rehabilitation process using a caring, comprehensive and innovative approach that has been nationally recognized for its success.
“A permanent home for Dawson Place is truly an exciting prospect. The broad base of support throughout this region reflects the importance of this sanctuary that serves our most vulnerable citizens. Through the exceptional leadership of Senator Murray and others, acquiring a new building is a goal within reach,” said Snohomish County Councilmember Brian Sullivan.
Lakeview Trail, Mountlake Terrace Center to the Interurban Trail, Mount Vernon: $200,000 This funding will provide for the construction of a non-motorized trail that will connect the Interurban Trail with the new Transit Center in Mountlake Terrace, WA.
The Lakeview Trail will provide bicycle and pedestrian commuters a connection from several Mountlake Terrace neighborhoods to the transit center, allowing access to work in Seattle and Everett while increasing their safety and reducing local congestion.