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NINETEEN OF 20 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS APPROVED, PUGET SOUND REGIONAL COUNCIL SAYS

 NINETEEN OF 20 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS APPROVED,
 PUGET SOUND REGIONAL COUNCIL SAYS
 SEATTLE, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has approved 19 central Puget Sound-area transportation projects for which funding had been requested by the Puget Sound Regional Council, the council said today.
 The bicycle and pedestrian projects were approved to receive more than $8 million from a special category of funding for "transportation enhancement" projects. The approval came from the Department of Transportation's Enhancements Advisory Committee Thursday and from Transportation Secretary Duane Berentson this morning, according to Kathleen Davis of the WSDOT.
 "We're very pleased that the department respected the Regional Council's priorities and the hard work by local governments that put the list of projects together," said Jim Street, president of the Regional Council and member of the Seattle City Council.
 Approved projects include the Cedar River Trail in Renton and King County, which occupied the top two spots on the Regional Council's request list. A total of $524,034 (plus local matching funds) would be spent to 1) pave 3.5 miles of abandoned rail lines in Renton for bicycles and pedestrians, rehabilitate an old railroad bridge over the Cedar River, and build a pedestrian bridge in conjunction with improvements to the "S-Curve" area of Interstate 405; and 2) preserve and rehabilitate three historic bridges along 20 miles of Cedar River Trail in unincorporated King County.
 The Regional Council had selected 20 top priority bicycle and pedestrian projects from its four-county region -- King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties -- to compete for funding with 14 other regions.
 Other projects approved include:
 - Interurban Trail, Snohomish County/Everett -- Trail construction over nine miles of abandoned rail line, to include an interpretive program on the historic significance of the interurban corridor, $1.6 million.
 - Greenway, Kitsap County -- Preparing a 20-year countywide plan for developing an integrated trail network for bike, pedestrian and horse travel linking parks, recreation sites, scenic points, schools and neighborhoods, $240,000.
 - Interurban Trail, Tukwila -- Constructing a bicycle and pedestrian trail between Strander and Southcenter Boulevards to complete the Green River/Interurban trail between Alki and Flaming Geyser Park, $626,500.
 - Beacon Avenue Walk/Bikeway, Seattle -- Constructing a planted median and path down the center of Beacon Avenue, from South Othello to South Cloverdale Street, $1.6 million.
 - Bike/Transit, Pierce Transit -- Providing bike racks and lockers at transit facilities and auto parking locations in Tacoma, Puyallup and Pierce County, $82,368.
 Transportation enhancement projects include facilities for pedestrians and bicycles, acquisition of scenic and historic sites or easements, landscaping and other beautification, and control and removal of outdoor advertising.
 The Regional Council's priorities were chosen from 71 trail, bikeway, bridge and other projects submitted by cities, counties and transit agencies in the region. Also approved are projects involving Federal Way, Pierce County, Buckley, Orting, Kitsap Transit, Bellevue, King County, Seattle, Everett, Redmond and Tacoma.
 Street said the approval is a major milestone for the Regional Council because it's "the first proposal under the new federal transportation legislation that gives the Regional Council the authority to approve and establish priorities among local projects."
 The funding through the federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) also is a significant commitment to non- automobile modes of transportation that will help improve the quality of life in the Puget Sound region.
 ISTEA has shifted responsibility for deciding funding priorities from the federal level to states and, in many cases, to Regional Transportation Planning Organizations such as the Puget Sound Regional Council.
 In the past, the Regional Council and its predecessor organization, the Puget Sound Council of Governments, were simply pass-through agencies with little real authority for determining priorities for spending. Now, through ISTEA, the Regional Council will have significant and, in many cases, final authority for spending an estimated $6 billion in federal, state and local transportation funds over the next six years.
 The Puget Sound Regional Council develops the transportation and growth management strategies for its four-county area. Council members are all city and county council and commission members, including mayors and county executives, in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
 Also represented are the Ports of Everett, Seattle and Tacoma, the state Transportation Commission and Department of Transportation, and Island County and the Thurston Regional Planning Council as associate (non-voting) members.
 The list of approved projects follows.
 APPROVED LIST OF TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT PROJECTS
 From the Puget Sound Regional Council Region
 Approved by State Enhancement Advisory Committee (WSDOT)
 Oct. 29, 1992
 Enhancement Total
 Dollars Pct. Project
 Short Title Sponsor Location Requested Match Cost
 1) Cedar River Trail Renton Renton $ 200,055 86 $1,404,499
 2) Cedar River Trail King King 323,979 50 647,957
 County County
 3) Interurban Trail Snoh. Snoh. Co./ 1,600,000 20 2,000,000
 County Everett
 4) Greenway Kitsap Kitsap 240,000 20 300,000
 County County
 5) Interurban Trail Tukwila Tukwila 626,500 20 783,500
 6) Beacon Ave. Walk Seattle Seattle 1,600,000 20 2,000,000
 Bikeway
 7) Bike/Transit Pierce Tacoma/ 82,368 20 102,960
 Transit Pierce Co.
 8) Bike Racks/Lockers Kitsap Kitsap 50,000 20 60,000
 Transit County
 9) BPA Trail/Phase I Federal Federal 333,000 30 474,000
 Way Way
 10A) Foothills Trail/ Pierce Pierce 120,000 20 150,000
 McMillin-Orting County County
 10B) Foothills Trail/ Pierce Pierce 280,000 20 350,000
 Orting-S Prairie County County
 10C) Foothills Trail Pierce Buckley 40,800 20 51,000
 County
 11) Bike Racks Kitsap Kitsap 10,000 20 12,500
 on Buses Transit County
 12) I-90 Ped/ Bellevue Bellevue 200,000 20 250,000
 Bike Path
 13) W. Lake Sammamish King King 250,000 61 637,000
 Parkway County County
 14) Walkway/Shelter Kitsap Bremerton 80,000 20 100,000
 for Passenger Transit
 Ferry
 15) Ship Canal Trail Seattle Seattle 1,600,000 20 2,000,000
 16) SR-16 Bike Path Tacoma Tacoma 39,112 68 121,412
 17) Ped/Bike Route on Everett Everett 400,000 20 500,000
 Snohomish River
 18) E. Lake Sammamish Redmond Redmond 256,000 20 320,000
 Bike Path
 19) Puyallup River Pierce Pierce 256,000 20 320,000
 Levee Trail County County
 -0- 10/30/92
 /CONTACT: Richard Milne of Puget Sound Regional Council, 206-587-5060; or Kathleen Davis of the Washington State Department of Health, 206-586-4296/ CO: Washington State Department of Transportation; Puget Sound
 Regional Council ST: Washington IN: TRN SU:


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