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Auburn transportation projects receive $1.5 million

The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) recently awarded over $1.5 million of federal transportation funds to the City of Auburn. The competitive federal grants were among $450 million approved by the PSRC for priority projects that will improve local and regional mobility.

The grants will expand and improve two major Auburn transportation corridors-$560,000 for West Valley Highway System Preservation (15th St. NW to 37th St. NW) and $1.02 million for S. 272nd/277th Street Corridor Capacity & Non-motorized Trail Improvements.

“It’s very rare that federal grants are awarded to a local street improvement project,” said Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis. “The City was able to explain that West Valley Highway is more than a local street. It is a regional north-south corridor that parallels SR 167 and is also used heavily for freight mobility.”

The second project approved by the PSRC will fund design, permitting and right-of-way acquisition for widening of the S 277th Corridor between Auburn Way North and L St. NE to the Green River Bridge.

“Our ultimate plan is to widen this segment to five lanes that will match the rest of 277th, improving this major east-west freight corridor,” said Lewis. “Combined with the right-of-way contribution under the agreement with developer RPG, the City will be able to prepare the project for bidding and make it eligible for additional state/federal grants to construct the project.”

Executive Director of the PSRC, Bob Drewel announced Auburn would receive the grants in a recent letter to Lewis. “Thanks to your leadership and excellent work by your staff, our region is advancing a better system that gets people and goods where they need to go,” he wrote. Final approval by the Governor and federal funding agencies is expected in early 2013.

For more information contact: Glenda Carino, Public Affairs & Marketing Manager, Office: (253) 876-1976; Cell: (253) 561-1618 or Email: gcarino@auburnwa.gov.