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State Awarded $15M Grant to Improve Access to Lewis-McChord

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  • December 18, 2011
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The state of Washington last week was awarded a $15 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve the traffic flow on I-5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord through the use of innovative traffic management strategies.

The project is intended to add capacity to the interstate by managing demand and providing real-time information to drivers on the heavily congested, 15-mile-long corridor that borders the installation between Olympia and Tacoma. The effort will rely on ramp metering, adding bypass lanes, congestion monitoring and rebuilding connections with the military base to change the distribution of traffic.

TIGER grants are awarded to transportation projects that have a significant national or regional impact, according to DOT. They are chosen for their ability to contribute to the long-term economic competitiveness of the nation, improve the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems, increase energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improve the safety of U.S. transportation facilities and enhance the quality of living and working environments of communities through increased transportation choices and connections.

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