OLYMPIA—Thanks in part to leadership from Rep. Mike Pellicciotti (D-Federal Way) on the House Transportation Committee, Milton and Pacific will receive funding for Interurban Trail projects much sooner than previously expected.

The 2015 Transportation budget provided for funding for both Milton and Pacific projects, but without a specific date for when the cities could start construction. The 2017 Transportation budget now sets both local projects on track to receive funding by July 1 of this year.

“Connecting our region through the Interurban Trail is a fantastic resource for experiencing our regional landscapes and activities. I’m happy those residents in Milton and Pacific will benefit from these projects much sooner,” said Pellicciotti. “I particularly want to thank Sen. Miloscia and Rep. Reeves for their partnership in this effort.”

Milton’s funding includes $450,000 for the Trailhead and Interurban Trail Projects, which includes a new trailhead in Milton and a parking area for users of the Interurban Trail. Pacific’s project includes $1.85 million for development of the trail between 3rd Avenue SE and Steward Road SW.

“For a small city like Milton, this is a major impact to the accessibility of our Interurban Trail. We are very touched to have Representative Pellicciotti take such a personal interest in our grant and fight so hard on our behalf to accelerate funding from sometime in the next 16 years to fully funding now. We are truly grateful, and shovel ready,” said Milton Mayor Debra Perry.

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