Monday, February 25, 2008

Press Release: $4.35M from the State for improvements at 356th and SR 99 in Federal Way

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$4.35M from the State for improvements at 356th and SR 99 in Federal Way
The intersection of South 356th Street and SR 99 will be straightened out, spruced up and expanded thanks to a $4.35 million grant from the State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB).

The grant, the third largest award by TIB for 2009, will allow the City of Federal Way to realign the funky intersection and construct additional turn lanes to increase traffic capacity.

Sidewalks, landscaping, illumination and drainage improvements will also be added.

The TIB grant will be combined with $1.62 million from the City and $1.37 million in other funding for a total project cost of $7.34 million. Construction is expected to begin spring 2009 and be completed by that fall.

"I’m excited for this project and the traffic flow and safety improvements that come with it," shared Federal Way Council Member Jeanne Burbidge, who is the current TIB chair and has been involved with transportation issues at the regional, state and federal levels for years.

"This project is an excellent example of how our state gas tax is being used locally to improve safety for both drivers and pedestrians."

This project is the second phase of a four-phase, long-range plan to widen South 356th Street to five lanes all the way from SR 161 (Enchanted Parkway) to 21st Avenue SW. Phase one was completed in 1992.

Burbidge also noted that the timing for this project couldn’t be better as it will also help accommodate the increased traffic volumes from the future southbound off-ramp from I-5 to South 356th Street. Construction of this ramp is estimated to begin in 2010 as part of the Washington State Department of Transportation "Triangle" project that will bypass traffic from the state’s fifth-largest chokepoint at I-5, SR 18 and SR 161. The intersection is already about 20 percent over capacity during peak commute hours.

Created by the Washington State Legislature, the TIB invests in local transportation projects by distributing funds generated by three cents of the overall statewide gas tax.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- February 12, 2008

Linda Farmer, APR Communications & Government Affairs Manager, 253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211
John Mulkey, Street Systems Project Engineer, 253.835.2722



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