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Stimulus Newsletter July 28 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 28, 2010

This week's stimulus snapshotCrews working to install guardrail in the northbound direction of I-405 as part of the Recovery Act auxiliary lane project were among those who have earned wages as part of the stimulus. To date, employees have worked over 2.7 million hours and earned $106 million on projects that have received stimulus highway funds.

  • North Spokane Corridor TIGER Project awarded
  • Total stimulus highway project payroll tops $100 million
  • Two new stimulus projects certified 
  • Construction began on second US 97 Recovery Act project in Douglas County 
  • Two local Recovery Act projects awarded 
  • Congressional committee held Recovery Act hearing July 27 
  • Important stimulus dates 
  • Useful Recovery Act web links 
  • Stimulus data table update


Contract awarded for North Spokane Corridor TIGER project – WSDOT has awarded the latest work on the North Spokane Corridor project to Graham Construction and Management of Spokane. The 3.7-mile project, scheduled to start this year and be completed by early 2012, will add the full southbound lanes between Francis Avenue and Farwell Road, a segment currently open with limited traffic. Five new bridges are part of the work. The winning bid, among four, was $21,455,920. All the bids were lower than the engineer’s estimate of nearly $24.5 million. The project received a $35 million Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant in February.

Payroll for Washington stimulus projects has exceeded $100 million to date – Employees working on state and local Recovery Act highway projects in Washington have earned $106 million in payroll since the law’s passage in February 2009. In June, employees working on highway projects receiving stimulus funds logged over 227,000 hours and earned payroll totaling over $8.8 million. The June employment data was a decrease from May, in which revised data showed employees worked over 275,000 hours and received $10.8 million in payroll. The data set is available at WSDOT’s stimulus employment webpage.

Two new projects certified for stimulus funds on July 23 – Governor Gregoire certified two more stimulus projects to receive federal stimulus highway funds on July 27. The WSDOT project, US 395/Lee Rd to Jct I-90, is a $7.85 million project that will receive $4.7 million in stimulus funds. The city of Ellensburg will receive $200,000 to for the Canyon Road Overlay project. The city previously completed an earlier Recovery Act project on Canyon Road.

Two local Recovery Act projects recently awarded to contractors – Local projects to pave roads in Everett and Bothell were recently awarded. The Bothell 2010 Overlay Arterial Roadway Preservation project, which received $480,000 in Recovery Act funds, was awarded on July 20. It will overlay asphalt on Meridian Avenue from 228th St SE to NE 205th in the city of Bothell. The Everett HMA Overlay Broadway and Pacific project, which received $800,000 in Recovery Act funds, was awarded on July 21. The project will overlay sections of Broadway between 24th Street and 20th Street and Pacific Avenue between Maple and Fulton. Both projects received surplus Recovery Act funds that became available due to low bids on earlier projects.

Congressional committee held Recovery Act hearing July 27 – Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood testified at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Recovery Act oversight hearing on July 27. The hearing focused on the national delivery of transportation projects, including testimony from highway, transit, and rail representatives. LaHood highlighted next month’s groundbreaking of the city of Seattle Mercer Corridor project as part of his written testimony.

Federal Transportation Blog highlights this week – Check the WSDOT Federal Issues blog for recent items on transportation stimulus bill prospects, congressional transportation earmarks, and the latest information on federal transportation funding reauthorization.

Highlight of the week

Construction began on second US 97 project in Douglas County

Two highway improvements projects on US 97 were combined for efficiency: one will preserve the highway with a chWSDOTwill repave a 13 mile stretch of US 97 in Douglas County. Earlier, crews restriped the highway and built a one-mile northbound passing lane.ip seal and the other creates a passing lane for motorist safety. Starting July 26, crews began adding chip seal paving on 13 miles of US 97 between Orondo and Sun Cove. The speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph through the work zone to minimize windshield damage from un-compacted gravel.

Crews recently built a one mile-long northbound passing lane north of Daroga State Park, which opened on July 20. The project also includes guardrail updates, guideposts, rumble strips, high visibility striping, and new highway signs. Both projects received surplus Recovery Act funds that became available due to low bids on earlier projects.

Important dates

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:
WSDOT Federal Transportation Issues blog:
Washington recovery website:
Federal recovery website:
FHWA recovery website:
Federal Transit Administration recovery website:
Federal Railroad 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

25 (51%)

98 (59%)

123 (57%)

No additional projects completed this edition 

Awarded/under way1

46 (94%)

157 (94%)

203 (94%)

Includes completed projects


47 (96%)

159 (95%)

206 (95%)

Includes completed and awarded projects

Certified, awaiting advertisement

2 (4%)

8 (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

49 (100%)

167 (100%)

216 (100%)

Two additional projects certified 
in July

Projects obligated2

47 (96%)

164 (98%)

211 (98%)

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

June employment





Payroll (in millions)



$8.8 for June

Cumulatively, $106 million to date 
Average wage is $38 per hour




for June

Employees have worked 2,743,055 hours to date




for June

FTE = 173 hours per month




for June

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