On Tuesday, August 16, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell joined local leaders in Bothell to celebrate the $19 million Federal Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant recently awarded to the Bothell Way Widening Project.
“Of the $100 million dollars that the state of Washington got out of the federal infrastructure bill, and seven projects, this $19 million that we’re talking about here is the biggest investment that Bothell has ever had in transportation infrastructure from the Federal Government,” said Senator Cantwell.
Bothell Way NE is a regional corridor that runs through downtown Bothell, and connects to State Route 522 and to Interstate 405. In its current state, the road is heavily congested, prone to accidents, unsafe for bicyclists and pedestrians, and inadequate for public transit.
The $19 million in RAISE grant funding along with $21.6 million in Federal Highway Administration dollars and $7 million in Move Ahead Washington funds will allow the City to widen the roadway, enhance transit services, create protected bike lanes and install sidewalks to create a safer and more reliable means of travel for the community.
Left to Right: Representative Kloba, Mayor Thompson, Senator Stanford, U.S. Senator Cantwell, Community Transit CEO IIgenfritz,
Cascadia College President Dr. Murray, Representative Duerr
The total project cost is expected to be roughly $63 million.
“Securing a RAISE grant of this magnitude to complete the Bothell Way Multimodal project is a game changer for Bothell," said Bothell Mayor Mason Thompson. "The investment will deliver critical safety, mobility and livability benefits for all of our residents and businesses, many years ahead of schedule. We are fortunate to be represented by dedicated federal partners."
The Bothell Way Widening project is one of six transportation projects in Washington State to receive federal dollars as part of the RAISE grant program which invests in critical road, transit and port projects across the country. The project is currently in the design phase with actual construction expected to begin in 2026. See additional details by visiting bothellwa.gov/bww.
See the livestream of Senator Cantwell’s visit HERE.
Becky Range, Interim Assistant City Manager/PIO