Pearson, Kristiansen praise supplemental transportation budget that includes much-needed local projects

Critical projects in Sultan are funded in the transportation infrastructure spending plan passed by the Legislature

After a lot of give and take on the supplemental transportation budget contained in House Bill 2190, a compromise roadway spending plan passed the Legislature. Reps. Kirk Pearson and Dan Kristiansen voted for the budget and were pleased to see projects around the 39th District included in it.

Among the many projects that received funding in the supplemental transportation budget are $100,000 for the design and revamping of a bridge that crosses the Sultan River and $500,000 for resurfacing Alder Avenue in the city of Sultan.

“This is great news for our communities. Not only will we have some safety concerns addressed on our roadways, we will also put people to work doing these much-needed projects,” said Pearson, R-Monroe. “I know Sultan officials worked hard to ensure important projects were brought to the attention of transportation budget writers, and their work paid off. Our local roads, highways and bridges get a lot of traffic from local residents, visiting skiers and summertime tourists. That means a lot of wear and tear throughout the year. We have to keep our roadways in good repair and safe for the folks who depend on them to get to work and home.”

“The U.S. 2 bridge over the Sultan River is very dangerous for foot traffic. I’m pleased that this transportation budget includes seed money that will begin the process of providing a footbridge for pedestrians and wheelchair access, as well as planning for a new, wider bridge for traffic. These are important projects for our communities and I’m glad we were able to secure funding for the beginning stages,” said Kristiansen, R-Snohomish, and a member of the House Transportation Committee.

The supplemental transportation budget was passed March 8, the final day of the regular 2012 legislative session.


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