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December 13, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Feds give $25m to SeaTac light-rail and JBLM smart-freeway projects

More federal stimulus dollars roll into Washington state, this time $10 million to help Sound Transit’s rail budget and $15 million to control traffic flows on I-5 at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

The awards by the U.S. Department of Transportation were announced Tuesday by Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell of Washington state. Murray sponsored the TIGER Act (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Revovery) that distributes funds to “shovel-ready” projects nationwide.

Sound Transit’s piece will go toward the $383 million South Link extension from SeaTac/Airport Station to South 200th Street near International Boulevard South, to open by 2016. The agency had sought $27 million in TIGER money.

At the base south of Tacoma, funds will go toward a broad smarter-highways program that includes overhead lane-control signs, intersection improvements, high-occupancy vehicle onramp lanes, and widened freeway shoulders that can be used for exiting.

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