DelBene Helps Secure $22.1 Million for Granite Falls Bridge Replacement
Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) announced that with her support Snohomish County was awarded a $22.1 million grant to replace the Granite Falls Bridge #102 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).
The Granite Falls Bridge #102 is an essential part of the roadways that serve the communities of Granite Falls, Verlot, Robe Valley, and Silverton in Snohomish County. The bridge replacement will expand recreation and tourism by providing direct access to the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. It will also connect a vital freight route used to transport natural resources like timber, sand, and gravel across Washington. In its current state, the bridge is considered functionally obsolete. If the bridge were to fail or close, the detour route is a 94-mile distance and would significantly impair emergency services.
“The Granite Falls Bridge #102 is a prime example of Washington state infrastructure that has been neglected through years of underinvestment. This grant will help make sure this vital recreational and economic transportation route is available to the Snohomish County community for the next generation,” said DelBene. “I worked hard to help secure this $22.1 million USDOT grant and will continue fighting for additional federal investments in our local infrastructure.”
“We are incredibly grateful to Rep. DelBene, Sen. Cantwell, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the members of our congressional delegation, and many others for helping us secure a $22.1 million RAISE grant to fund the replacement of the Granite Falls Bridge,” said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. “We have been working for many years to fix this key link in our north county transportation network, and now we can finally get down to work. The replacement of this vital bridge will ensure people and goods can get to where they need to go. Our economy and the vitality of our community depend on maintaining our infrastructure.”
The project is being awarded a Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity Discretionary (RAISE) grant, a program that is dedicated to investing in critical road, rail, transit, and port projects across the country. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was passed by the House and signed into law this month, increased funding for the grant program to a total of $7.5 billion.
DelBene’s letter of support for the project can be found here.