Federal funds keep East Sunset Way project on schedule

March 9, 2010

The state secretary of transportation urged Congress last week to approve dollars needed to widen the East Sunset Way approach to Interstate 90. Read more

East Sunset Way upgrade could be delayed as federal highway funding hits snag

March 2, 2010

NEW — 11:30 a.m. March 2, 2010

The state secretary of transportation urged Congress on Monday to approve dollars needed to widen the East Sunset Way approach to Interstate 90.

A key federal transportation-funding act expired midnight Feb. 28. Reimbursements from the Highway Trust Fund have been suspended while lawmakers work out a deal to extend the act.

The state stands to lose money already spent on projects backed by the federal government. State officials usually hire contractors to complete projects, and then contractors submit invoices to the state when the work is completed. The state pays the bills, and officials submit invoices to the federal government to be reimbursed for money already sent to contractors.

Delays would force Washington and other states to keep cash on hand to pay contractors.

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February 2, 2010

Issaquah councilman reappointed to transit board

King County Executive Dow Constantine reappointed Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler to the Sound Transit board of directors.

The regional board establishes policy and guides a system with almost 14 million riders per year on buses, commuter rail and light rail in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.

“Councilmember Butler has been one of the most dedicated Sound Transit board members with whom I have had the pleasure to serve,” Constantine said in a statement. “He has ably chaired the Finance Committee for several years and was recently chosen as a vice chair of the Sound Transit Board for the coming year.”

Butler, elected to the City Council in 1999 and re-elected since, joined the Sound Transit board in 2003, after a recommendation from then-Executive Ron Sims. The former executive reappointed Butler to subsequent terms.

Butler serves alongside 16 other elected officials from King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Constantine also serves on the board. State Department of Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond is the 18th board member.

The new board is scheduled to meet Jan. 14.

Constantine appointed three other local politicians to the board: Bellevue Councilwoman Claudia Balducci, new Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and new King County Councilwoman Jan Drago.

Besides Butler, the executive also reappointed King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson and King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer.

“I believe that these appointees will continue the strong leadership needed as we plan and build more light rail in the coming years,” Constantine said.

After voters elected Constantine as executive in November, the executive-elect appointed Butler to his 30-person transition team. Butler had served alongside Constantine on the Sound Transit board in the past.

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