In her State of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Chris Gregoire urged state lawmakers to raise $3.6 billion for highway maintenance and made a case for additional transportation infrastructure investments. She cited I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass as a crucial priority, noting $80 billion in cargo passes just through Snoqualmie Pass per year.
Her Connecting Washington plan proposed to fund the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project with $106 million to continue widening from the end of the snowshed project near Keechelus Dam to Bonnie Creek, including the construction of the wildlife overcrossing.
See Seattle Times coverage of her speech, and view the Connecting Washington transportation package proposal.
The Governor signed a transportation bill last session that included language directing that $8 million in savings from existing project savings be utilized for planning and design of the next phase of the I-90 project, while all additional savings from the first phase’s construction to be realized after the session were to remain on the corridor.