Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee announced a 12-year transportation improvement plan entitled Lets Move Forward that recognizes the high priority of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project. The investment plan introduces proposals for new funding mechanisms to invest in our states transportation system, while identifying high priority transportation projects that need to keep moving forward – including Interstate 90.
According to the Governor, the plan “charts a path forward by building on the bipartisan spirit of past efforts and offering a good-faith compromise to spark action in the next legislative session. And it introduces a paradigm shift to breathe new life into this effort. Rather than raising a gas tax on everyone, our worst polluters will pay instead. This market-based carbon pollution fee, along with other bonds and previously agreed-to fees, will raise $12.2 billion over 12 years to pay for balanced investments across the state — the equivalent of the amount of revenue generated by a 12 cent gas tax increase, without the tax.”
The investment plan dedicates $170,900,000 towards the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project to complete Phase 2 of the total 15-mile project, see a map of the project’s phases by clicking here (and scrolling down to Page 2). This investment builds off of the cost-savings that were accrued during construction of the first phase of the project, and are being dedicated to building Phase 2A which includes the project’s first wildlife overpass.
Unlike some highway mega-projects in Washington, the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project benefits from a diverse set of supporters statewide and is ready to build. $390 million is needed to complete the entire project, which seems like a wise investment when looking at our state’s most important east-west transportation corridor.
We are happy to see the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project recognized as a statewide priority in the Governor’s Lets Move Forward transportation investment plan, while we look forward to exploring the opportunity to invest to not only keep the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project moving forward but headed towards completion in the coming session.