The City of Kenmore has announced the award of $5,380,297 in grants from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) on November 16 to help fund the SR 522 West A (61st to 65th Avenues NE) project and the 68th Avenue NE sidewalk project (east side between NE 182nd and NE 185th streets).
TIB is an independent state agency that distributes and manages street construction and maintenance grants to 320 cities and urban counties throughout Washington state.
The funding for TIB’s grant programs comes from revenue generated by three cents of the statewide gas tax.
“The City would like to thank the Transportation Improvement Board for providing a substantial amount of funding to help complete two significant projects that impact our community on a local and regional level,” said Kenmore Mayor David Baker. “We would also like to thank our state and federal representatives for their continued support by providing state and federal funds to support the SR 522 project.”
The SR 522 West A Project received the single largest TIB funding amount during this grant cycle in the amount of $5,201,840. This grant will complete the funding package for the West A Segment and will be utilized to finish design, right-of-way acquisition and construction. The total cost estimate for the SR 522 West A segment completion is $11.36 million.
This does not include the resources used to bring the project to its current state.
Construction of the SR 522 West A Project is anticipated to begin in 2014.
The 68th Avenue Sidewalk Project received $178,457 in TIB funds which will be utilized for design and construction.
The required match is $59,486 and will be funded by the annual sidewalk program budget. The 68th Avenue NE Sidewalk project is anticipated to be constructed in 2013.
To accept the funds, the City must enter into an agreement with TIB. It is anticipated that agreements will be signed in December 2012, and funds will be available in January 2013.