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Stimulus Newsletter February 10, 2011

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.

February 10, 2011

This week's stimulus update 

Washington Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond today applauded Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement and the Obama administration’s broad vision for investing in the nation’s transportation system, including $53 billion over six years for high-speed rail. Hammond attended the Biden event in Philadelphia representing the States for Passenger Rail Coalition, which she chairs.

“We look forward to the commitments made in the president’s State of the Union address and recognition of an integrated transportation system that includes infrastructure investment, not only for rail, but for highways, bridges, ferries and runways,” said Hammond.

“An integrated system that supports transit and rail gives people transportation options. Just as important is federal funding for projects of national significance in Washington state such as the new I-5 Columbia River bridge, the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass corridor, and I-405 improvements – and the jobs they create.”

“Washington’s future economic competitiveness is threatened by increased highway congestion and declining roadway conditions,” she said. “A recovered economy will depend on an integrated transportation system that works for everyone.”

Recently completed projects:
WSDOT – I-5/SR 501 Ridgefield Interchange – Stage 1
Camas – Leadbetter Drive/Lake Road to Parker Street
Arlington – Gifford Ave Sidewalks
University Place – Intermodal Transit Facility – Phase 2

Highway stimulus delivery (dollars in millions)

Highway projects




Project Delivery

Operationally complete

42 (82%)

147 (88%)

189 (86%)

Awarded/under way

51 (100%)

219 (100%)

219 (100%)


51 (100%)

219 (100%)

219 (100%)





Spending Update

Funding allocated




Amount expended

$265.6 (78%)

$137.3 (91%)

$396 (81%)

*Highway project counts and funding were adjusted slightly following the transfer of certified projects from FHWA to FTA. Two completed safety programs are now counted as projects.
The Recovery Act highway project list has updated project status.

Electric vehicle charging stations coming in 2011

Federal Recovery Act funding of $1.32 million is helping Washington prepare for the 300,000 electric vehicles anticipated on its roads during the next 10 years.
Electric vehicle charging stations are planned for I-5 and U.S. 2, starting in 2011.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the state Department of Commerce have teamed to deliver a network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in charging zones along I-5 and U.S. 2.

Funding is provided by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars administered through the State Energy Program. The EV charging stations project meets State Energy Program and Recovery Act funding goals to save energy, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and invest in transportation and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits.

Recovery Act reporting updates – The federal website posted WSDOT’s latest quarterly reports on stimulus funding and project delivery on January 30. The companion report to the state Office of Management and Budget has also been completed and is published at

Transportation funding news online – The WSDOT Federal Transportation Issues blog is keeping tabs on the opening of the congressional session and what it means for Washington projects. Check regularly for updates on the Highway Trust Fund and the 2011 federal budget.

Recovery Act employment update: 

November Data



November Total


Payroll (in millions)



$3.8 million

$149 million to date

Labor hours




3.8 million to date

Monthly FTEs (173 hours per monthly FTE)




1,844 yearly FTEs to date (2080 hours per FTE)





Note: Not a count of unique employees

Note: Includes all labor on projects receiving Recovery Act Federal Highway Administration funds.

Last revised on April 11, 2014