The City of Sedro-Woolley was awarded funding by the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) on November 17th for three transportation projects within the City. TIB is a state agency charged with distributing 3 cents per gallon of the gasoline tax to local agencies on a competitive basis for transportation projects. TIB awarded $115.87 million this year for a total of 148 projects statewide from 344 applications submitted.
The projects funded in Sedro-Woolley are:
The Fruitdale Road Arterial Improvement Project was awarded funding of $1,783,723 for this $2,652,825 total project. Fruitdale Road was the top scoring project of six projects awarded in the TIB Northwest Region (Skagit, Whatcom, Island, Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap Counties).
The Fruitdale Road project will repair the collapsed section of Fruitdale Road north of Wildflower Way that has been closed to through traffic since 2013. It will also install a compact roundabout to replace the Y-intersection to the Sedro-Woolley Innovation For Technology (SWIFT) Center facility, and will add sidewalks where missing on the west side of Fruitdale Road, and extend the sidewalk/path from McGarigle Road to Wildflower Way north on the east side of Fruitdale Road. The entire length from Fruitdale Road to the north city limits will be repaved.
The State Street Overlay Project was awarded funding of $358,000 for this $399,176 project. This was one of five projects funded in the TIB West region (all western counties except King, Snohomish and Pierce). Local funds for the project are from the Transportation Benefit District (TBD) fund. TBD funds are generated by a $20 fee on vehicles registered within the city that is collected through the vehicle registration process. The TBD funds are designated for repairs and maintenance and new construction on arterial streets within the city, and are vital to supporting grant funding applications such as TIB.
SR20, Township to Fruitdale Sidewalk was awarded funding of $239,500 for this $704,400 project. This project ranked second of five projects funded in the TIB West region. This project will be combined with the SR20 East Lane Widening and Sidewalk Project for a total project cost of $819,500.
The city is very appreciative of the support for our projects by the Transportation Improvement Board. All three of our applications submitted were awarded this year, which is an unusual outcome. This investment of $2,381,223 in state gasoline tax funds through TIB will support the $3,871,501 total project cost for these three key city projects.
Additional information on these projects is available on the city’s website at: http://www.ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us/departments/engineering/projects.php. Press releases will be provided before and during construction to inform the public of the construction schedule and traffic revisions anticipated during construction. The City is also jointly planning in coordination with the Washington Department of Transportation, a public open house to review city and WSDOT planned projects for 2018. Details on the Open House will be provided when available. Questions may also be addressed to the Public Works Department at 360-855-0771.