Vancouver to benefit from infrastructure investments made in legislative session
March 11, 2022
Press Release Date:
Friday, March 11, 2022
On the last day of the 2022 legislative session, a landmark transportation package passed that includes $1 Billion in funding for the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program as well as other critical infrastructure investments in Vancouver.
“I want to applaud the work of the Washington Legislature. The bridge funding demonstrates Washington’s commitment to replacing this critical piece of infrastructure, supporting the economic growth of the region, providing equitable mobility options that connect residents to jobs and services, and building the resiliency of our community,” said Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle. “The City appreciates the hard work of the Southwest Washington legislative delegation and the leadership of the House and Senate Transportation Committee Chairs in securing this funding.”
The funding also allows the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program to unlock federal funding opportunities by demonstrating there is a local match on behalf of Washington State.
The transportation package also included funding for other local infrastructure priorities, including:
- Funding to construct a Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing at State Route 500 and NE Stapleton Road/NE 54th Avenue. This $6 Million investment will fulfill a commitment made by the Washington State Department of Transportation Southwest Region and the City of Vancouver to secure funding to build an ADA-accessible multimodal crossing at a key location in central Vancouver that connects neighborhoods located north and south of SR-500 to key employment, service, and educational opportunities.
- Garrison Road Sidewalk Infill: This $700,000 investment will improve pedestrian safety and access along Garrison Road between Mill Plain Blvd. and NE 14th Street, and connect residents to businesses, amenities, services, and the new Mill Plain Bus Rapid Transit Vine route currently under construction by C-TRAN.
- C-TRAN Highway 99 Bus Rapid Transit. C-TRAN Highway 99 Bus Rapid Transit. As the regional transit provider in Southwest Washington, C-TRAN provides critical transportation services to residents throughout Clark County and the region. This $5 Million investment will provide funding to advance the third Vine Bus Rapid Transit route, connecting communities along Highway 99 in Clark County and the City of Vancouver with regional employment opportunities and access to safe, fast, frequent, and reliable transit service. The City of Vancouver and C-TRAN continue to partner to add transit infrastructure that enhances transit access for our community. Improving transit access and frequency is a key priority for the City, as it enhances access to jobs, services, education, and amenities, provides transportation options, and helps advance our climate and equity goals.
Laura Shepard, Communications Director, 360-624-0747