House set to approve $16B transportation package

Washington’s House of Representatives was expected to approve a transportation package late Tuesday that will bring $110 million into Cowlitz County. The Senate on Monday approved the $16 billion bill on a 39-9 vote. It will raise the gas tax by 7 cents a gallon Aug. 1 and 4.9 cents a gallon July 1, 2016. […]

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Finish the job, Olympia

We need a comprehensive statewide transportation budget passed immediately. And that budget must include improvements to SR432. If you’ve driven to Seattle lately, you know what a nightmare the congestion is all across Puget Sound. Headed to Portland last Wednesday for the morning commute? You might have been one of the unlucky ones who was […]

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Guest column: An intersection that needs fixing now

Long queues of log trucks trying to clear the Industrial Way and Oregon Way intersection loaded with goods to overseas markets. Motorists stuck on the Lewis and Clark Bridge because of an accident. Commuters trapped in snarled traffic. Freight trucks immobilized by congestion. Emergency vehicles slowed from reaching injured people. Bikers and pedestrians put in […]

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Guest column: SR432 improvements would mostly benefit Millennium

The proposed SR432 transportation improvements, including vehicle and grade separation, have been on the back burner for years. However, clearly the urgency for improvements before the Legislature now is to facilitate rail transport infrastructure to allow coal trains access through a very heavily used trucking and auto route, primarily to benefit Millennium Bulk Terminals’ planned […]

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Coal or no coal, let’s fix SR 432

If Interstate 405 had never been built east of Seattle in the 1960s, Microsoft would likely have found another place to set up shop. Construction of I-205 in eastern Clark County in the 1980s opened up a vast swath of land for new commercial and residential development. Just as building roads can spur economic development, […]

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Senate passes $15 billion transportation package

OLYMPIA — The Senate on Monday approved a $15 billion transportation revenue package that includes an incremental gas tax increase of 11.7 cents over the next three years. The chamber passed the revenue bill on a 27-22 bipartisan vote and negotiations with the House will begin. They also passed a spending bill that designates the […]

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