FHWA/TIGER GRANT- Mercer Corridor

A $190.5 million project, using a $30 million Recovery Act TIGER grant, will finally clean up the “Mercer Mess” bottleneck in Seattle. The project will transform Mercer Street into a two-way boulevard that links South Lake Union and the Seattle Center to the rest of the Puget Sound region. The project provides significant bicycle, pedestrian and freight improvements, including 30 blocks of sidewalks, and will relieve severe traffic congestion for the 80,000 vehicles that use it every day. The City of Seattle estimates 1200 direct construction jobs will be created. Ground breaking is tentatively scheduled for August 2010 and the project should be completed in Summer 2012.

Washington's Numbers
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Number of jobs created or saved by the Recovery Act:


Recover Act funds made available to support jobs:

$8.3 billion

Recovery Act funds that have already been spent:

$5.5 billion

Number of working families receiving tax relief that can be put to use immediately:

2.5 million

Number of Recovery Act-backed small business loans :


Miles of highway improved across the state:


Number of clean energy projects :


Number of homes that will be weatherized :


Number of students getting Pell Grants to help pay college tuition:


Number of education jobs funded by the Recovery Act:



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