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State invests nearly $153 million in public infrastructure projects

 

April 24, 2012



Funds from the Public Works Trust Fund will improve public health and

safety in 46 Washington communities

OLYMPIA - The Public Works Board today announced the approval of

$152,781,000 for 58 public infrastructure construction projects around

the state.

"In December 2011, Governor Gregoire adopted the Board's recommended

loan list of infrastructure projects in her capital budget proposal,"

said Stan Finkelstein, Chair of the Public Works Board. "Over the past

four months, we have worked very closely with the Governor and the state

Legislature to finalize the list of construction-ready projects that was

included in the 2012 Supplemental Capital Budget signed today."

Chair Finkelstein said the 58 projects on the list will benefit 46

communities, create more than 1600 jobs, and improve drinking water,

sanitary sewers, storm water, and solid waste systems. Local governments

will use the funding to upgrade these systems, improve public health and

safety, respond to environmental issues, and promote economic

development.

"Local infrastructure investments, such as these by the Public Works

Board, protect the safety of our citizens, create needed jobs, and lay

the foundation for our future prosperity," said Camas City Administrator

Lloyd Halverson. The low interest loans from the state Public works

Trust Fund will help the city pay for a new drinking water reservoir and

a sewer transmission main.

The complete list of projects is detailed at:

http://leap.leg.wa.gov/leap/Budget/Detail/2012/hcLEAPDoc2012-1BPWAA0224.

pdf

<http://leap.leg.wa.gov/leap/Budget/Detail/2012/hcLEAPDoc2012-1BPWAA0224

.pdf>

Established in 1985, the Public Works Board administers the Public Works

Trust Fund, a revolving loan fund that offers low-interest loans to help

local governments and special purpose districts finance critical public

works projects. The Public Works Board receives administrative support

from the Washington State Department of Commerce. For more information

about the Department of Commerce, visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov

<http://www.commerce.wa.gov> . For more information on the Public Works

Board, visit http://www.pwb.wa.gov <http://www.pwb.wa.gov> .

 

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