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Stimulus Newsletter May 26, 2010

During the peak of the Recovery Act, Stimulus News You Can Use was one way WSDOT kept transportation stakeholders updated on the fast-moving effort to put people to work and improve the state’s infrastructure. Each edition contained information on project delivery and highlights. Visit the Newsletter Archive for earlier editions.

May 26, 2010

This week's stimulus snapshotIn this January photo, Kiewit Kiewit Pacific Co. crews work on taking measurements for the noise wall as part of the new northbound I-405 auxiliary lane in Bothell. Employees have earned almost $80 million in payroll and have worked over 2 million hours on stimulus projects to date.

  • Employees have worked over 2 million hours on stimulus projects to date 
  • Six more highway projects completed 
  • I-5 project wraps up near Stanwood 
  • The 1,000th transit Recovery Act project was awarded in Oklahoma 
  • Important stimulus dates 
  • Useful Recovery Act web links 
  • Stimulus data table update

Stimulus project employees earned almost $7.6 million in April – Employees working on Washington state and local projects receiving Recovery Act highway funds contributed over 193,000 labor hours and earned $7.58 million in April. The April data was an increase from payroll of $7 million and more than 171,000 hours in March. Stimulus labor hours surpassed the 2 million mark in April, totaling 2,061,328 hours to date. Employees have earned more than $79.6 million since March 2009. The full data set is available at WSDOT’s stimulus employment webpage.

More than 110 Recovery Act projects completed – WSDOT and local governments reported six more Recovery Act projects complete this week. To date, 113 of 212 certified Recovery Act projects have been completed, including 23 state projects and 90 local projects. The six projects reported complete this week are:

LaHood announced 1,000th Recovery Act transit project award – On May 13, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that 1,000 transit projects are now being funded by the Recovery Act. The landmark award was a $480,374 grant to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma for vehicle and technology upgrades. The Recovery Act included $8.7 million for transit projects and funding, including about $179 million in Washington. WSDOT’s transit Recovery Act webpage have more information about stimulus-funded projects.

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held Recovery Act progress hearing – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held its latest stimulus hearing on May 26. The committee summarized its previous stimulus oversight hearings in a report on its website.

Highlight of the week

Smoother I-5 lanes reopened near Stanwood

All lanes of southbound I-5 reopened near Stanwood just in time for the warmer weather and busier driving season. Two lanes have been closed since March while WSDOT crews removed and replaced more than a thousand broken and bumpy concrete panels.

“We’re finishing these much-needed repairs three to four months ahead of schedule, and it looks as though we’ll finish under budget too,” project engineer Dave Crisman said.

Construction began last summer on the I-5/SR 532 to Starbird Rd concrete rehabilitation project, which was among more than 200 projects statewide funded by last year’s federal Recovery Act. The $9.2 million project’s construction was put on hold during the wetter, colder winter months and resumed in March.

“If it wasn’t for the stimulus money, we wouldn’t have been able to fix the chewed up right lane,” engineering manager Marco Foster said. “It needed fixing in a bad way. And the added bonus was that the money also kept our contractor, a number of subcontractors and our engineers employed during tough economic times.”

Crews replaced 1,208 broken concrete panels along six miles of southbound I-5, between Starbird Road in Skagit County and State Route 532 in Snohomish County. Approximately 59,000 vehicles use this stretch of I-5 daily. Repairing the pavement will reduce costly temporary repairs, provide drivers with a safe and smooth ride, and ensure that the roadway will last well into the future.

Important dates

June 4: FRA holds National Rail Plan meeting in Portland
July 10: Next performance report due to Office of Management and Budget
July 16: TIGER II pre-application deadline 
August 11: Transit application deadline for TIGGER grants 
August 23: Final TIGER II application deadline
September 30: Deadline for obligating Recovery Act highway funds

Websites of interest

WSDOT ARRA website:
Washington recovery website:
Federal recovery website:
FHWA recovery website:
Federal Transit Administration recovery website:
Federal Rail Administration recovery website:
Federal Aviation Administration recovery website:
OMB recovery website:

This week by the numbers (project dollars in millions)

Individual highway projects





Operationally complete

23 (49%)

90 (55%)

113 (53%)

Six additional projects completed this edition 

Awarded/under way1

45 (96%)

155 (94%)

200 (94%)

Includes completed projects


47 (100%)

155 (94%)

202 (95%)

Includes completed and awarded projects

Certified, awaiting advertisement

0 (0%)

10 (5%)

10 (5%)

These projects are planned for upcoming advertisement

Total highway funds





Obligated funds2

$340 (100%)

$152 (100%)

$492 (100%)

All funds were obligated by
March 2, 2010

Projects certified

47 (100%)

165 (100%)

212 (100%)

Five additional projects certified 
this month

Projects obligated2

47 (100%)

157 (95%)

204 (96%)

FHWA has approved funds for the projects

Safety funding buckets ($12 stimulus)









State stimulus funds only





Includes completed projects





Includes completed and awarded projects

Transit projects




State total

Percent of total $179 awarded




Includes Washington State Ferries projects

Number of Transit projects obligated

35 of 35

19 of 19

20 of 20

55 of 55
FTA counts all rural projects as one project

April employment





Payroll (in millions)



for April

Cumulatively, $79.6 million to date 
Average wage is $38 per hour




for April

Employees have worked 2,061,328 hours to date




for April

FTE = 173 hours per month




for April

Note: Not a count of unique employees

This includes one state project that has stimulus funding authorized for pre-construction and is currently under way. 
2 All funds were obligated by the March 2, 2010 deadline as required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As projects develop, obligation totals will fluctuate as funds are deobligated due to low bids or savings are realized on project closeouts. Unobligated ARRA balances available to the Highway Construction Program will be used to fund Tier 3 projects. Local ARRA balances will be made available to three additional local projects which were certified on March 8. After September 30, 2010, ARRA funds may not be re-obligated and any balances will be turned over to FHWA for distribution back to the states for project cost increases. 

Last revised on April 11, 2014