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Connecting Washington

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Moving people, business, goods


Governor Inslee and Washington’s Legislators have made an important investment in our state’s multimodal transportation system. The 2015 Connecting Washington funding package is a $16 billion investment over the next 16 years.

The 11.9-cent gas tax increase is being phased in over two years: a 7 cents increase on August 1, 2015 and 
4.9 cents increase on July 1, 2016.

What types of projects and programs are funded from Connecting Washington?

The following is a high-level breakdown of spending, which includes:

  • $9.4 billion for state highways and local roads
  • $1.4 billion state highway maintenance, operations and preservation
  • $1.3 billion for non-highway projects such as bike paths, walkways, rail and transit
  • $602 million for ferries and terminals
  • $300 million for fish barriers
  • In the outer years, anticipated cost savings from practical design will be used to fund preservation and unforeseen capital projects

Learn more about Connecting Washington projects

Use our interactive map to learn more about projects near you. 

Connecting Washington Interactive Map

At a high level, Connecting Washington will fund a number of important, impactful projects around the state, including:

  • $1.9 billion: SR 167/SR 509 Gateway project
  • $1.6 billion: SR 520 “Rest of the West”
  • $1.3 billion: I-405 Lynnwood to Tukwila Corridor Improvements
  • $879 million: US 395 North Spokane Corridor
  • $494 million: JBLM Congestion Relief Project
  • $426 million: I-90 Snoqualmie Pass
  • $335 million: safety projects including I-90/SR 18 interchange, US 2, SR 20 and others
  • $300 million: fish barrier removal

How does Connecting Washington benefit me?


  • Finishes projects in key corridors to preserve infrastructure and reduce congestion in the state’s most densely populated central Puget Sound area:
  • Improves freight mobility by:
  • Supports multimodal transportation options through projects that make walking and bicycling safer and more convenient with better connections to transit, rail and ferries.
    • Provides additional local options for transit.
      • Authorizes voter-approved Sound Transit Light Rail Expansion
      • Authorizes Snohomish County to impose an additional voter-approved 0.3% sales and use tax for Community Transit
      • Allows Public Transportation Benefit Areas to establish passenger-only ferry service districts with independent taxing, spending and bonding authority
      • Allows Transportation Benefit Districts to levy a $50 vehicle fee for roads and transit 
  • Addresses the most critical needs for bridges; removes weight restrictions on many structurally deficient bridges .
  • Enhances salmon recovery efforts by removing barriers to fish at highway crossings and extends fish access to habitat areas.