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PSRC approves three Kent transportation improvement projects

The Puget Sound Regional Council on Thursday approved funding for three Kent transportation improvement projects.

The PSRC executive board supported funding for:

• South 228th Street/ Union Pacific Railroad Grade Separation: $3,000,000

• Kent Regional Trails Connector: $1,125,368

• Central Avenue South Pavement Preservation: $300,000

The Kent-area projects were among those the PSRC approved in its 2013-2016 Regional Transportation Improvement Program. The council's actions move forward transportation projects totaling more than $7.9 billion in the central Puget Sound region.

The program provides a list of transportation projects in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The projects are funded with federal, state and local funds, including recent federal grants awarded through the PSRC.

"Securing federal transportation funding for communities in the region is one of the key roles of the Puget Sound Regional Council," said Commissioner Josh Brown, PSRC president. "These projects are advancing a better system that gets people and goods where they need to go, provides transportation choices, and helps grow jobs in the region."

To find out more, visit PSRC's online Project Map to see projects planned in different parts of the region.

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

The PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The council is composed of more than 80 entities, including all four counties, cities and towns, ports, state and local transportation agencies and tribal governments within the region.

The PSRC also is the lead regional economic development planning resource and home to the Prosperity Partnership.

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