Northwest NEWS

March 6, 2000

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Rose updates I-695 effects, some projects to be eliminated

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--Woodinville will probably lose state transportation funding that will force elimination of some priority-level projects in 2000, City Manager Pete Rose told the City Council at their Feb. 22 meeting.

   The 50-percent cost-sharing the City counted on from WSDOT (Washington State Dept. of Transportation) will mean the City will have to fully fund the Hollywood intersection project, their top priority, drawing funds away from other projects. The only projects the state will continue to fund are those already started under I-49, such as on SR-522. The City lost $182,000 in this year's criminal justice and road maintenance revenues when I-695 passed. They anticipate a loss of $220,000 next year.

   The Association of Washington Cities' Executive Board has proposed a re-direction of revenues to the legislative session, whereby parts of sales tax and liquor profits revenues will replace some of the lost revenues. Rose was cautious about the legislature coming up with a permanent solution this year, however.

   "Both parties are looking at the governor's mansion and majority in both houses," said Rose. "So look for a wait on long-term fixes. For short-term fixes, the legislature is talking about replacing 35-50 cents on the dollar for police and roads, and a little better for ferries and transit."

   Public Works Director Mick Monken said one alternative for help on state highway projects might be looking to partner with adjoining cities to overcome and address stringent project requirements through "joint corridor projects."

   The bright spot was hope for major public health funding, said Rose.