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City of Auburn receives nearly $5.5 million in funding from Transportation Improvement Board to complete two street projects

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Nearly $5.5 million in grant funding will be used to complete the funding of two Auburn street projects, including widening a portion of Auburn Way South, the City announced on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023.

The grants – which were awarded on Friday, Dec. 1 by the state Transportation Improvement Board – are part of the statewide program to fund 184 different projects across Washington, totaling $137 million.

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The funds in Auburn will be used to widen a portion of Auburn Way South (SR164) to create a 5-lane cross-section with two general purpose travel lanes in either direction, and provide a two-way center turn lane from Hemlock Street SE to Poplar Street SE.

This includes the construction of new 10-foot-wide sidewalks on either side, street lighting, and transit stop and utility improvements. The grant award from the Transportation Improvement Board is $3,309,032 which is just over 41% of the eligible transportation construction costs. The full project is funded by a combination of federal and state grants, water utility funds, and local city funds and is currently estimated to cost just under $11 million.

The funds also will go towards improving the Regional Growth Center Improvements at the Third Street NE/Fourth Street NE intersections with Auburn Avenue and Auburn Way North to address non-motorized access and traffic operations and circulation by adding turn lanes and crosswalks and modifying signal operations.

The grant award from the Transportation Improvement Board is $2,112,444, which is just over 57% of the eligible transportation construction costs. The full project is funded by a combination of Sound Transit and State grants, utility funds, and local city funds and is currently estimated to cost approximately $4.6 million.

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