I am glad to share the news that the Senate has proposed a state capital construction budget this year that funds outstanding projects around our district. Many of these are projects I have heard from you about over the past year as important priorities for our communities. The Senate’s budget proposes to fund construction and renovation at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, invest in community amenities like playgrounds and trails, and improve the health of our streams.
The budget proposal, which passed the Senate unanimously, still needs to go through negotiations with the House, but the generous proposed funding for so many projects in our communities bodes well for the final outcome.
These are the 45th LD investments in the Senate’s version of the capital construction budget:
- $515,000 toward a new crossing for the Cross Kirkland Corridor section of the Eastrail rails-to-trails project, where it crosses 132nd Ave NE in Kirkland. This is a key safety investment for the section of Eastrail that will connect Kirkland to Woodinville.
- $150,000 for the play area at the Kirkland Boys & Girls Club, including a renovated playfield, a resurfaced basketball court, and a new play structure.
- $1 million to relocate Evans Creek in Redmond out of an industrial channel into a forested area and create a riparian habitat.
- $1.3 million for building fish passage at George Davis Creek in Sammamish.
- $39 million to help build the new Lake Washington Tech Center for Design.
- $1.4 million for improvements to the WANIC Skills Center at Lake Washington Tech.
- $297,000 for The Landing, a youth shelter in Kirkland.
Some of the capital construction budget projects are funded through grant programs administered by the Department of Commerce. If you are part of a local government or nonprofit that provides public services and has a need for capital projects, please take a look at the Department of Commerce’s website.
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As always, please feel free to reach out to my office directly with any questions or concerns. Take care!
Senator, 45th Legislative District
Deputy Majority Leader