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Senator Murray secures funding to initiate design for Phase 7-A
    Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has secured $2.6 million in the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill to continue work on the U.S. Highway 12 corridor. The money will fund planning and design for four-laning the Touchet portion of the highway from Nine Mile Hill to Woodward Canyon.
   “This is a big win for Walla Walla as we work to fix one of the most dangerous stretches of road in our state and preserve construction jobs in the area,” said Senator Murray.
    Dr. Fred Bennett, president of the Port of Walla Walla Commission, says Senator Murray has been instrumental in securing funding for Highway 12. “We are very fortunate to have her champion this project,” he said.


    The WALLA WALLA TO FRENCHTOWN LINK (Phase 6) of four-laning U.S. Highway 12 will be completed by late Spring, 2010 at a cost of $57 million.

PHOTO/ILLUSTRATION: A September, 2009 aerial view of U.S. Highway 12 improvements looking from Walla Walla’s Myra Road west toward Touchet. Courtesy WSDOT

Senator Murray secures funding to initiate design for Phase 7-A

The Port and its partners in the U.S. Highway 12 Coalition are now focusing on securing construction funding for the Touchet portion from Nine Mile Hill to Woodward Canyon. Its estimated cost is $74 million. Resources being targeted include the reauthorization of the federal transportation bill and economic stimulus funds via a TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant.

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