Christmas came early for 114 cities and counties when the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB), a state agency that provides grants for street improvements, awarded $99.4 million to fund 138 separate transportation improvement projects throughout the state of Washington at their Nov. 19 meeting. The impact will immediately be felt as 35 projects are scheduled to begin construction by next spring. Interim Executive Director Tom Ballard stated, "This infusion of work into communities, large and small, across the state will help support rebuilding the state’s economy while putting folks back to work in the engineering and construction industries which have been hit so hard by the current down turn."
The TIB received a total of 335 applications totaling $270 million. This year’s award funds 41 percent of the request compared to 15 percent two years ago. TIB was unable to award any grants last year, so the larger than normal award is welcome news to those public agencies attempting to correct transportation problems facing their communities.
The Legislature created the TIB to foster state investment in quality local transportation projects. Project funding is awarded on a competitive basis using rating criteria established by the Board and usually requires local financial participation.
For a complete list of selected projects, go to www.tib.wa.gov.