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Stimulus Newsletter July 21 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.



July 21, 2010

This week's stimulus snapshot

  • WSDOT awards a SR 14 project in Clark County 
  • Bid opening planned for a Recovery Act project 
  • Congressional committee holds hearing July 27 
  • Important stimulus dates 
  • Useful Recovery Act web links 
  • Stimulus data table update

WSDOT awards a Recovery Act project on SR 14 in Clark County – Construction is expected to begin in late summThis map shows the SR 14 project from I-5 to the SE 164th Interchange. The project will pave the right lane in both directions and repair potholes in the left lane. er on a project to pave SR 14 between I-5 and SE 164th in Clark County. On July 13, WSDOT awarded the 8.5 mile project to Kerr Contractors of Woodburn, Oregon. The project will preserve and extend the life of a roadway that experienced ruts and cracks in the pavement following the increased use of snow plows, tire chains and trucks during last winter’s storms. The nearly $4 million project received $2.1 million in surplus stimulus funds due to low bids on earlier advertised Recovery Act projects.

Bid opening planned for a WSDOT Recovery Act project – On July 22, WSDOT is planning to open bids for the Recovery Act project to build new southbound lanes on the North Spokane Corridor between Francis Avenue and Farwell Road. The project received a stimulus-funded $35 million competitive Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant in February.

Congressional committee holds Recovery Act hearing July 27 – Chairman James Oberstar and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold the next oversight hearing on July 27. The hearing will be the latest opportunity for the committee to review national Recovery Act transportation and water infrastructure project delivery information.

Federal Transportation Blog highlights this week – Check the WSDOT Federal Issues blog for recent items on federal earmarks, transportation planning, federal energy legislation, accessible transportation, and the latest information on federal transportation funding reauthorization.

Highlight of the week

I-82 eastbound bridge demolished July 19 as part of Recovery Act interchange project

On July 19, contractor crews demolished the I-82 eastbound bridge as part of the I-82 Valley Mall Boulevard Interchange project in Yakima County. WSDOT is building a new, widerOn July 19, contractor crews demolished the eastbound I-82 bridge as part of the Valley Mall Interchange project in Union Gap. The project will build a new, wider bridge. bridge as part of the stimulus-funded project.

The Valley Mall Boulevard interchange serves a growing retail and commercial area in Union Gap and southwest Yakima. The area is experiencing increasingly heavy traffic congestion, which begins with the limited capacity of the Valley Mall Interchange. The project, which risked being delayed six years before the Recovery Act funds were approved, is receiving more than $23 million to help complete the project. More information is available at the project website.


Important dates

July 22: Tentative bid opening date for North Spokane Corridor TIGER project
July 26: TIGER II pre-application deadline
July 27: Next T & I Committee Recovery Act progress report hearing
August 6: High-speed rail grant application deadline
August 11: Transit application deadline for TIGGER grants 
August 14: Ribbon cutting for Washougal SR 14 pedestrian tunnel project
August 23: Final TIGER II application deadline
September 30: Deadline for obligating Recovery Act highway funds
September 30: Deadline for next high-speed rail grants

Websites of interest

WSDOT ARRA website: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/funding/stimulus
WSDOT Federal Transportation Issues blog: http://wsdotfederalfunding.blogspot.com
Washington recovery website: http://www.recovery.wa.gov/
Federal recovery website: http://www.recovery.gov/
FHWA recovery website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/index.htm
Federal Transit Administration recovery website: www.fta.dot.gov/recovery
Federal Railroad Administration recovery website: http://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0394
Federal Aviation Administration recovery website: http://www.faa.gov/recovery
OMB recovery website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/recovery_default/

This week by the numbers (project dollars in millions)

Individual highway projects

State

Local

Total

Notes

Operationally complete

25 (52%)

98 (59%)

123 (57%)

No additional projects completed this edition 

Awarded/under way1

46 (96%)

155 (93%)

201 (94%)

Includes completed projects

Advertised

47 (98%)

159 (96%)

206 (96%)

Includes completed and awarded projects

Certified, awaiting advertisement

1 (2%)

7 (4%)

8 (4%)

These projects are planned for upcoming advertisement

Total highway funds

$340

$152

$492

 

Obligated funds2

$340 (100%)

$152 (100%)

$492 (100%)

All funds were obligated by
March 2, 2010

Projects certified

48 (100%)

166 (100%)

214 (100%)

Two additional projects certified 
in June

Projects obligated2

47 (98%)

162 (98%)

209 (98%)

FHWA has approved funds for the projects

Safety funding buckets ($12 stimulus)

Rumble
Strips

Cable
median
barrier

Total

Notes

Completed

17

7

24

State stimulus funds only

Awarded

28

13

41

Includes completed projects

Advertised 

28

13

41

Includes completed and awarded projects

Transit projects

Large
urban

Small
urban

Nonurban/
rural

State total

Percent of total $179 awarded

100%

100%

100%

100%
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

May employment

State

Local

Total

Notes

Payroll (in millions)

$4.8

$4.5

$9.3 for May

Cumulatively, $90.9 million to date 
Average wage is $38 per hour

Hours

112,781

120,514

233,337
for May

Employees have worked 2,338,986 hours to date

FTEs

652

697

1,349
for May

FTE = 173 hours per month

Employees

1,928

3,057

4,985
for May

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