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Thursday, September 01, 2011
Ann Briggs, WSDOT Communications, 360-705-7077 (Olympia)
OLYMPIA – Rounds one and two provided close to 1,500 jobs and now the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is gearing up for TIGER 3.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is accepting applications for $527 million in TIGER 3 grants, inspired by the original TIGER (Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery) program included in the 2009 Recovery Act.
“These federal stimulus grants provide jobs and improve Washington’s transportation system, two of the most important factors in getting our economy moving,” said state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond,.
WSDOT and local governments used TIGER grants on high-priority highway, bridge, rail, port, and transit projects statewide. These include the North Spokane freeway, Mercer corridor improvements in Seattle, South Park Bridge reconstruction in Seattle, a grade-separation rail project at the Port of Vancouver, and the East Foster Wells road extension in Franklin County.
“We made strategic investments and also made a commitment to be transparent and accountable with the TIGER grants and all federal stimulus funding,” Hammond said. “Our reporting program is now a model used across the country.”
WSDOT’s TIGER 3 grant proposals, due by Oct. 31, will be posted on its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act website.
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