Today outgoing Governor Chris Gregoire released her final budget proposal for the state legislature, which included a transportation budget proposal.
Gregoire highlighted transportation as “the backbone of our economy,” noting that the Ports of Seattle and
transport “99.7 percent of the state’s international container traffic.” The proposal also said that transportation projects provide much needed jobs while ensuring reliability for businesses to move goods and employees. Tacoma
The proposal suggested investing in eight important transportation projects, of which two are located in
Pierce County: State Route 167 Tacoma to new corridor and Interstate 5/ Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Puyallup
SR 167 was described as a “critical missing link in the state highway network.” The project was estimated at costing $1.5 billion.
Likewise, I5/ JBLM was noted as being a “critical economic lifeline for
Washington and the Pacific Northwest” and a “backbone of connectivity to the ports of Tacoma, Seattle, and .” This project was cited as costing $820 million. Olympia