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Area transportation projects get OK

Transportation projects totaling more than $34 million in Bellevue will move forward following action Oct. 25 by the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Executive Board to approve the 2013-2016 Regional Transportation Improvement Program.

The Regional Transportation Improvement Program provides a list of current transportation projects in all four counties of the region – King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish. These projects are funded with federal, state and local funds, including recent federal grants awarded through PSRC.

Among the Bellevue projects receiving PSRC funding are:

n East Link Light Rail Expansion (Sound Transit) - $33,517,286

n 120th Avenue NE – Stage 2 - $1,100,686

n Factoria Boulevard Overlay (SE 36th Street to SE 41st Place) - $450,000

The Transportation Improvement Program is required under federal and state laws, and helps to ensure that transportation projects are meeting regional policies and federal and state requirements such as those under the Clean Air Act.

PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.

More information is available by visiting PSRC’s online Project Map (http://psrc.org/transportation/tip/tip-map/) and zooming in and seeing projects planned in different parts of the region.

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