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Funding sought for Whidbey projects

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen included several Whidbey Island projects last week when he asked the House Transportation and Infra-structure Committee to provide federal funding for local priorities in the major, six-year surface transportation bill being written this spring.

He’s asking for $3 million for the Highway 525, Honeymoon Bay Road, Bush Point Road intersection improvements. The project consists of designing and constructing a modern roundabout at the busy intersection. Larsen said a roundabout would improve safety and mobility.

Another $4.94 million is sought for the New County Road. This project would construct a new road to serve as an alternative north-south route to Highway 525, between Houston and Race roads, the only roadway connecting this portion of Central Whidbey Island.

Also, $8.6 million is requested for the Island Transit Whidbey Main Base Operations Facility Project south of Coupeville. This request would construct infrastructure and the maintenance, fuel and bus wash building.

In 2005, when Congress last passed a major surface transportation bill, Larsen said he helped bring $52 million back to the Second Congressional District to improve public safety, ease congestion and create jobs.

Visit www.house.gov/larsen to view his full list.

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