No matter the party they come from, South King County legislators are working across party and district lines to address traffic congestion and get Washington back to work.
On Thursday, members of the Washington State Senate approved the biennial transportation budget, HB 1175, by a vote of 39-9. 11th District State Sen. Margarita Prentice, D-Renton, and freshman Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn, who serves as the deputy ranking member of the Senate Transportation Committee, worked closely on the proposal to fund projects throughout south King County. Fain and Prentice’s districts neighbor one another in the south Renton area, and the senators chose to team up in advocating for their shared constituency.
“Two heads are better than one,” said Fain, who represents the 47th District. “I’m proud of the fact that even in an economic crisis we were able to work across the aisle to create a truly bipartisan transportation budget.”
“I’ve been a Transportation Committee member for many years and it’s great to see the long-term projects being completed and major choke points redesigned. This makes a big difference for our neighborhoods and the entire transportation corridor in our region,” said Prentice. “It’s a credit to our future leaders like Senator Fain who join our bipartisan efforts to create more jobs and help the economy grow throughout the state.”
HB 1175 funds several projects, including the South Park Bridge, Stage 2 of the widening of Interstate 405 and freight mobility improvements. The budget also provides $2.5 million for the Southwest 27th Street and Strander Boulevard Connection. The Strander link will provide an alternative route to I-405 between I-5 and SR-167 and was a high priority for the city of Renton.
“Projects that improve traffic flow and promote access for freight are exactly where we should be investing,” said Fain.
HB 1175 will now go back to the House for concurrence and then to the Governor for her signature.