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Stimulus Newsletter August 25 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.



August 25, 2010

This week's stimulus snapshotCrews started paving the new I-5 HOV lanes in Pierce County. Last month, employees working in Washington earned $6.9 million working on Recovery Act funded state and local  highway projects.

  • New certification – Largest Recovery Act project receives more surplus funds 
  • Employees earned almost $7 million on Recovery Act projects in July 
  • Two more local projects completed 
  • Three additional cable barrier projects completed 
  • Important stimulus dates 
  • Useful Recovery Act web links 
  • Stimulus data table update 


New certification adds one local highway project and increases funds for I-405 project – Surplus funds due to low bids on earlier projects are helping provide additional funding to stimulus projects. On August 18, Governor Gregoire signed the latest certification to add one new Recovery Act project and contribute millions of additional funds to the state’s largest stimulus project. The new Ferry County – County Wide Guardrail project received $100,000 to install guardrail on Boulder Creek Road, Inchelium Highway, and West Curlew Lake Road. The certification also directs $22.5 million more stimulus dollars to the I-405/NE 8th Street to SR 520 – Bellevue Braids project. The project, currently under contract construction by Guy F. Atkinson, is WSDOT’s largest recipient of stimulus funds. The Recovery Act is now providing $79.5 million toward the total project budget of over $200 million.

Stimulus project employees earned almost $7 million in July – Employees on state and local projects receiving Recovery Act highway funds worked over 190,000 hours and earned payroll totaling nearly $7 million in July. To date, employees have worked over 2.9 million hours on projects receiving highway stimulus funds and earned more than $113 million. It was the 13th straight month workers have put in over 140,000 labor hours and earned over $5 million in payroll on stimulus projects. The full data set is available at WSDOT’s stimulus employment webpage.

Two local Recovery Act highway projects completed –

Three more cable barrier projects completed on US 12 and I-90 – Three cable median barrier projects, funded out of the $9 million in Recovery Act funds for statewide improvements were completed on US 12 and I-90 in July. Ten cable median barrier projects receiving stimulus funds have been completed and three more are under way. The three completed projects below were combined for construction efficiencies.

  • US 12/Low Road to Naches River – Install Cable Barrier
  • I-90/W Cle Elum Vicinity – Install Cable Barrier
  • I-90/Homestead Valley Road to Tinkham Road Vicinity – Install Cable Barrier

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


Important dates

September 20: Next accountability report to the T & I Committee
September 30: Deadline for obligating Recovery Act highway funds
September 30: Next high-speed rail grant announcements expected
Fall: Next high-speed rail grant announcements expected
Fall: TIGER II award announcements expected
October 6: T & I Subcommittee hearing on passenger rail
October 14: Next quarterly accountability report due

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

28 (57%)

106 (63%)

134 (62%)

Two additional projects completed this edition 

Awarded/under way1

47 (96%)

161 (96%)

208 (96%)

Includes completed projects

Advertised

47 (96%)

161 (96%)

208 (96%)

Includes completed and awarded projects

Certified, awaiting advertisement

2 (4%)

7 (4%)

9 (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

49 (100%)

168 (100%)

217 (100%)

One additional project certified 
in August

Projects obligated2

47 (96%)

168 (99%)

212 (98%)

FHWA has approved funds for the projects

Safety funding buckets ($12 stimulus)

Rumble
Strips

Cable
median
barrier

Total

Notes

Completed

17

10

27

Three new cable median barrier projects completed

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

July employment

State

Local

Total

Notes

Payroll (in millions)

$2.3

$4.6

$6.9 for July

Cumulatively, $113.9 million to date 
- Average wage is $38 per hour

Hours

61,532

129,137

190,669 
for July

Employees have worked 2,948,436 hours to date

FTEs

356

746

1,102
for July

FTE = 173 hours per month

Employees

1,071

2,927

4,764
for July

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.  
* TIGER projects are not included in this table.


Last revised on April 11, 2014