Broadway Bridge plan hampered by funding
EVERETT - The city says it was blindsided with a snag on the Broadway Bridge project after the state Department of Transportation underfunded a city grant request by almost $1 million.
This was a surprise that city leaders learned about right as they were taking the $13 million project to bid earlier this year.
“We were certainly expecting to receive the whole funding,” city spokeswoman Meghan Pembroke said last week.
The project to replace the century-old bridge over the railroad tracks is still scheduled to happen this year.
The city may have to raid its traffic mitigation fund to make up the difference so the project can stay on track, she said. The cost will almost deplete the fund.
The city asked for $4.4 million, but was given $3.4 million by the DOT. The request was on top of a $3.1 million request the city won in 2010.
Everett leaders lobbied the DOT for full funding after receiving word on the grant but to no apparent avail.
Mayor Ray Stephanson characterized the lessened funding as if the DOT backed out of a committment earlier this year.
City officials do not think the change was because of drops in state transportation funding.
The DOT says it already put in a large amount.
The Local Bridge Program receives $45 million a year in federal funds to support approximately 3,800 city and county bridges for preventative maintenance, replacement, or rehabilitation, state DOT spokesman Lars Erickson said last week.
“We carefully consider the eligibility of the projects from across the state,” Erickson said.