In Spring 2022 the Legislature initiated the Move Ahead Washington funding package to create planning and environmental linkages studies for Interstate 5. This work will ultimately create a master plan for the critical I-5 corridor that meets current and future transportation needs, and reflects WSDOT’s strategic plan, which includes resiliency, equity and workforce development goals. The initial phase of this study in underway. WSDOT is currently:
Developing an initial assessment of seismic risk and recommendations for future analysis and cost estimate for I-5 from Boeing Field to Lake City Way.
Developing near term recommendations for improving the HOV system and evaluating other techniques for making the HOV system more efficient.
Conducting up to 70 listening sessions with key jurisdictions and other stakeholders statewide, and developing an interim report on planning-environmental linkages (PEL) recommendations for I-5 which will identify future decision-making and engagement opportunities.
The Moving Ahead Washington funding package provided $40 million for planning and environmental linkages studies over the next 15 years. $2.5 million was targeted for the initial phase, which is currently underway.
Major Project overview Washington State Ferries (WSF) is embarking on an ambitious initiative to begin the transition to an emission-free fleet through a hybrid electric ferry system. Currently, WSF operates the largest ferry system in the United States. It is also the biggest contributor or greenhouse gas emissions of any state agency in Washington, burning 19 million gallons of diesel fuel to support 24 million passengers every year.
This shift to hybrid electric ferries is in response to governor and legislative direction as well as in alignment with the agency’s own long-range planning initiatives. To transition to a hybrid electric fleet, WSF is working on the three key elements of the electrification system – building new vessels, converting vessels, and electrifying the terminals.
Major project status
$1.33 billion secured funding | $3.98 billion total estimated cost