“If nothing passes this session, it could be two years before it gets serious consideration again”
“Hopes for a $10 billion to $12 billion transportation improvements package appear to be waning at the Legislature.”
“A huge sticking point has been reforms that the GOP has demanded in the House and Senate. One such reform is the GOPs insistence on taking sales tax collections on highway projects and diverting the cash out of the general fund in order to reinvest it in more projects. But that would take away money that now goes for state operations, including K-12 schools that the state Supreme Court says are already underfunded,” quoting Brad Shannon in The Olympian.
Rep. Wilcox has been pushing for this package to get funding to complete Yelm’s Bypass.
As reported here mnay times previously, former “Governor Gregoire said Phase II of the Yelm Bypass funding would not be on the Governor’s budget until the 2021-2023 biennium.”
Photo credit: WSDOT
As the Business Examiner reported last Decmeber:
The City of Yelm’s own Transportation Mitigation Plan for Wal-Mart construction being approved REQUIRED that traffic would be handled via a completed Yelm Bypass WITHIN 6 YEARS!
Many of the public KNEW there would be no funding for a Bypass by 2013 [6 years after Wal-Mart’s opening] and protested the approval to the Yelm City Council and their Hearings Examiner on these grounds. They would not listen nor agree.
2009 – Legislature funds construction of Stage 1; right of way purchases continue for both Stage 1 and Stage 2; Stage 1 advertised for construction bids in late December 2009.
2010 – Contract for construction of Stage 1 awarded to Scarsella Bros., Inc. Construction began April 12, 2010 and is scheduled to be complete winter 2010.
Financial Information: Financial Data for PIN 351025A
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $32,620
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $3,212
Above funding is for Stage 1 and part of Stage 2.
Stage 1: Scarsella Bros., Inc. was awarded this project in February 2010 for $4.3 million.
Stage 2: $56,059,900 is partially unfunded.
Stage 2 construction, which includes extending Yelm Loop from Cullens Road to SR 507, is currently unfunded.