Governor to push for billions for transportation | Seattle Times Newspaper

Governor to push for billions for transportation | Seattle Times Newspaper

By Mike Lindblom Seattle Times transportation reporter

When Gov. Chris Gregoire gives her State of the State speech Tuesday, she will argue that lawmakers and voters should support billions of dollars in improvements to roads, ferries and transit.

She will emphasize road construction as a strategy to create jobs and preserve the movement of people and goods, spokesman Cory Curtis said.

"Transportation will definitely be a major focus of her speech," he said.

Money from a series of gas-tax and car-tab-fee increases last decade is running out, and Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond has warned that roads and ferries will deteriorate without another infusion of cash.