The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has submitted an application, again, for Federal TIGER funding for the North Spokane Corridor (NSC), the Spokane region’s top transportation priority.
WSDOT also applied for TIGER funds in 2009 to fund the construction of the southbound lanes from Francis Avenue to Farwell Road. They were awarded $35 million in 2010.
This time around, the state is requesting $18.9 million in TIGER funds for the phase of the project that will relocate 7.5 miles of BNSF mainline, switching, and spur tracks; construct freeway and pedestrian/bicycle structures, and extends the existing 5.5 mile pedestrian/bicycle trail by over one mile into the Hillyard neighborhood. The total price tag for this phase is $31.5 million.
The NSC is so important to Spokane because it preserves our role as a hub for distribution and transportation and strengthening a significant U.S.-Canada freight route. It will improve safety while enhancing the movement of goods, reduce air pollution and provides congestion relief.
The TIGER—Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery—program is run by the U.S. Department of Transportation. USDOT is authorized to award $500 million in TIGER grants in FY 2012.