“It’s fabulous news and we couldn’t be more excited,” Woodinville Councilmember Scott Hageman said.
The Washington state Legislature created the TIB to foster state investment in quality local transportation projects.
TIB is an independent state agency that distributes and manages street construction and maintenance grants to cities and counties throughout Washington state.
The funding for TIB’s grant programs comes from revenue generated by the statewide gasoline tax.
The W-D road project will cost an estimated $8 million overall, but Woodinville Public Works Director Tom Hansen said the city has sufficient fund balances to move ahead with the project as well as the Sammamish River bridge project.
“We’re not anticipating needing other city funds for this project,” he said. “Acquiring $4.5 million doesn’t happen every day and we’re pretty excited about it. It’s great to be moving the project forward.”
The project, Hansen said, is still in the design phase and actual construction might not begin for a year or two. “We’ll be discussing that next week.”
The project involves the widening of NE Woodinville-Duvall Road from 156th Avenue NE to the east city limits at 171st Place NE. The existing two-lane roadway will be widened to three lanes to provide an additional center turn lane and improved sidewalks and bike lanes.
Other overhauling will include drainage improvements, traffic signal improvements, street lighting and landscape improvements. The overall length of the project is approximately 1.1 miles. The primary purpose of the project is to improve safety and relieve traffic congestion.
The $4.5 million grant was the fifth-largest individual sum distributed by the TIB this year among 128 projects across the state, following transportation improvement projects in Arlington, Seattle, Shoreline and Skagit County ranging from $5 million to $6 million.
All told, the TIB distributed over $120 million in state grants.