Feds approve $45M in grant funding for Lander Street bridge

Wednesday got some good news in the transportation world: A $45 million federal grant to pay for a new piece of infrastructure in Sodo. The funding award is the largest in Washington state from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FASTLANE Grant Program, and will go to build a bridge on South Lander Street over the railroad tracks between First and Fourth Avenue South, according to a news release from Mayor Ed Murray’s office. Seattle voters already approved $20 million in funding in 2015 through the Move Seattle levy, and U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell pushed for the federal funding.

“”Washington state’s economy and regional jobs depend on being able to move freight quickly and efficiently,” Cantwell, who created the FASTLANE program, said in the release. “At Lander Street alone, Washington state loses $9.5 million a day in economic activity because of train, truck, and urban traffic congestion. By addressing this bottleneck, we will speed up freight movement to the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, fuel our export economy and generate significant job growth.”


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