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Stimulus Newsletter June 23, 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.

June 23, 2010

This week's stimulus snapshotA stimulus project on I-405 near Bothell added a lane between NE 195th St and SR 527.

  • Three more Recovery Act highway projects completed 
  • New lane opens on I-405 near Bothell 
  • Two more highway projects certified to receive ARRA funds 
  • 10,000th highway stimulus project under way in Ohio
  • Important stimulus dates 
  • Useful Recovery Act web links 
  • Stimulus data table update

Three more Recovery Act highway projects completed – Crews completed work on three more stimulus highway projects last week, raising the number of completed projects to 118. To date, 55% of the 214 state and local certified stimulus highway projects have been completed. The table at the bottom of the page has more information on project delivery.

Washington certifies more projects to receive stimulus highway funds – Two more highway projects have been certified to receive surplus stimulus funds that were not needed for earlier completed projects due to low bids and lower than expected project costs.

  • Poulsbo – Noll Roads Improvements: Phase 1 and Phase II – ($246,000 stimulus)
  • WSDOT – SR 26/Grant County line to Othello – Resurfacing – ($1,658,000 stimulus)

10,000th Recovery Act highway project under way in Ohio – President Obama and DOT Secretary Ray LaHood kicked off the 10,000th stimulus highway project in Ohio on June 17. The Recovery Act included $26.8 million dedicated for Federal Highway Administration projects, including $492 million in Washington.

New audit reviews federal high speed rail management and oversight – On June 17, the Government Accountability Office released an updated review of the Federal Railroad Administration’s oversight of the High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program. The report highlighted the need for federal direction on safety requirements and interstate agreements. The Recovery Act provided $8 billion in funds for high-speed rail, including $590 million for improvements in Washington.

Federal Transportation Blog highlights this week – Check the WSDOT Federal Issues blog for recent items on the passenger rail, TIGER II planning grants, and the latest information on federal transportation funding reauthorization.

Highlight of the week

WSDOT opens new northbound lane on I-405 near Bothell

Bothell commuters and regional drivers alike now have a quicker drive north during commute hours thanks to the opening of WSDOT’s new lane on northbound I-405 in Bothell from NE 195th Street to SR 527. WSDOT celebrated the new lane at the Canyon Park park-and-ride on June 17.
The new lane on northbound I-405 was completed five years ahead of schedule thanks to Recovery Act funding.
WSDOT and contractor Kiewit Pacific Co. have spent the past eight months working on this crucial addition to northbound I-405. Crews added the lane in one of the area’s worst traffic bottlenecks, where more than 80 congestion-related collisions have occurred in the past three years. Most of these collisions have been related to cars weaving through traffic to enter and exit the freeway. The extra capacity from the new lane will allow drivers more time to merge into and out of the northbound lanes. Drivers will enjoy noticeably faster speeds during peak commute times and easier access to the Canyon Park park-and-ride.

This $19.3 million project was not scheduled to open to traffic until 2015, but thanks to the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funding, the project received the financial kick-start it needed to move forward.

WSDOT Project Engineer Chad Brown explained that crews worked around the clock to get the job done ahead of schedule. “I want to thank the Bothell residents for their patience during construction,” Brown said. 

Important dates

July 8:
Tentative bid opening date for North Spokane Corridor TIGER project
July 14: Next performance report due to Office of Management and Budget
July 16: TIGER II pre-application deadline 
July 20: Next performance report due to the T & I Committee
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:
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 (52%)

93 (56%)

118 (55%)

Three additional projects completed this edition 

Awarded/under way1

45 (94%)

155 (93%)

200 (93%)

Includes completed projects


47 (98%)

155 (93%)

202 (94%)

Includes completed and awarded projects

Certified, awaiting advertisement

1 (2%)

11 (7%)

12 (6%)

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

48 (100%)

166 (100%)

214 (100%)

Two additional projects certified 
in May

Projects obligated2

47 (98%)

157 (95%)

204 (95%)

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