The combined ports of Seattle and Tacoma have welcomed the passage of a US$16.2bn transportation investment package by the Washington State Legislature that will help speed the movement of cargo through the ports.
Both ports, along with business and community leaders, have been advocating funding to complete the key freight routes of State Route 509 in King County and State Route 167 in Pierce County, which will be supported by the package.
“The transportation system outside our terminal gates is critical to maintaining our competitive edge,” said Port of Tacoma Commission President Don Johnson.
A number of other investments to move cargo faster to and from the ports were also approved, including improvements on Interstate 5 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and on Interstate 90 in Snoqualmie Pass. In total, the State will invest nearly US$3.25bn in projects that service the Puget Sound gateway.