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Sumner Mayor thanks Rep. Stokesbary for Traffic Ave. funding

From the outset of this legislative session, I worked closely with my House and Senate colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, in order to obtain much-needed funding to address the Traffic Avenue overpass above Highway 410.

Photo of a line of cars stretching from the 410 ramps on Traffic Avenue to State Street
A line of cars stretching from the 410 ramps on Traffic Avenue to State Street. The city estimates more than 30,000 cars and 3,000 freight trucks use the intersection and overpass every day. (Image Credit: Ray Still, BLS Courier-Herald)

In February, I was able to persuade the House capital budget writers to include $300,000 in funding for this project in their proposed capital budget.

But after capital budget negotiations stalled, Representative Melanie Stambaugh of Puyallup was able to successfully proposed an amendment to the transportation budget in committee.

Our hard work finally paid off last month when the Governor signed the Legislature’s 2016 transportation budget.

Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow had this to say in his weekly column in the Sumner Courier-Herald:

The past few months, you’ve read a lot here about the need to improve the overpass and lights that make up the SR 410 interchange with our Traffic Avenue and Puyallup’s East Main.

Great news: we have some funding!! The Governor signed the Transportation Budget that includedState $300,000 of funding for design of the needed improvements.

I really want to thank all six legislators for the 31st and 25th Districts who were supportive, but especially Rep. Drew Stokesbary, Rep. Melanie Stambaugh and Senator Pam Roach.

You can read the Mayor’s full letter here.

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