I led efforts over the past year, together with Senator Mark Mullet and Mayor Matt Larson, which convinced WSDOT to build a dedicated on-ramp from the Parkway to westbound I-90 by the end of 2019. WSDOT’s plan was to wait six years until completion of the I-90 Interchange project.
Half the funding for this came from the State and almost a third of the remainder came from the Snoqualmie Tribe and the cities of Covington and Black Diamond (who see the benefits to their jurisdictions of a second on-ramp lane), leaving only about a third to be funded by Snoqualmie residents.
We have more to solve – SR-18 is a safety threat and desperately needs widening to Hobart Road, downtown parking does not handle peak demand periods well, and the Snoqualmie River Bridge will need renewal before too long, just to name a few.
Snoqualmie deserves leaders who work effectively with others to find solutions. Solutions result from working with regional cities facing similar problems and with County and State legislators to find the funding to fix these problems. My endorsements show I have the support of regional legislators to accomplish this.