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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City Accepts $15.5 million in Transportation Grants

4/27/2015  2:00:00 PM

City Accepts $15.5 million in Transportation Grants
Federal and state grants for walking, biking, roadway and transit improvements 

SEATTLE – The City of Seattle today accepted $15.5 million in grants to improve walking, biking, transit and street operations in Seattle. Secured through grant applications by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the federal and state funds will help build sidewalks and protected bike lanes, maintain the South Lake Union Streetcar, and enhance Seattle’s system of roadway sensors, cameras and variable message boards.

“Seattle is leveraging state and federal resources to improve our city’s transportation infrastructure,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “With smarter traffic lights, pedestrian and bike investments, bridge retrofitting, and transit improvements, we focus on the most critical public safety and traffic management priorities.”

The grants, totaling approximately $15.5 million, were secured for the following projects: 

  • $600,000 for the design and construction of sidewalk improvements on Greenwood Ave N (N 136th to N 145th) from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board
  • $800,000 for the construction of the Seventh Avenue Protected Bike Lane from the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) via the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC)
  • $5,000,000 for Center City Protected Bike Lanes from FHWA via PSRC
  • $200,000 for design work on Route 48 electrification from FHWA via PSRC
  • $2,627,528 for the Center City Gateway (NextGen Intelligent Transportation Systems) from FHWA via PSRC
  • $1,383,000 for Michigan Street Intelligent Transportation Systems from FHWA via PSRC
  • $1,166,105 for South Lake Union Streetcar maintenance from the Federal Transit Administration via PSRC
  • $1,438,361 for Post Alley Bridge replacement from the state’s Highway Bridge Program
  • $1,502,975 for seismic improvements for the NE 45th Street Viaduct from the Highway Bridge Program
  • $726,364 for transportation demand management from the state via PSRC
  • $65,000 for pedestrian safety zones from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission

“These funds will allow Seattle to more quickly address key transportation needs like sidewalks, protected bike lanes, seismic safety and enhanced transit service,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “I would like to thank the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board, the Puget Sound Regional Council, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the Federal Highways Administration and the Federal Transit Administration for supporting these important projects.”

Work funded by the above grants is scheduled to begin in 2015.



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