$168.6 million in capital construction projects allocated for the 19th District

Just one day before the close of the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers approved a new two-year $6.3 billion capital budget that includes $168.6 million for projects throughout the 19th District.

Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen, sponsored or co-sponsored several of the projects in the bipartisan-approved spending plan.

“What I liked about the state's Capital Budget is that it leverages local resources to complete funding for local projects. It's a 'force multiplier' for getting good things done all around our district,” said Walsh. “This latest slate of projects continues the 19th District's tradition of outperforming in the capital budget. It was great working with my colleagues Rep. Joel McEntire and Sen. Jeff Wilson to get this done.”

The final version of the 2021-23 capital budget is partially funded through $3.9 billion from the sale of general obligation bonds. It allocates funding for critical infrastructure improvements, including schools, public buildings, low-income housing, water infrastructure, state parks, and several other projects.

Highlights of the 2021-23 capital budget, House Bill 1080, include:

  • $730.6 million for the K-12 School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP);
  • $200.7 million to begin construction of the behavioral health teaching hospital run by the University of Washington;
  • $95 million in Behavioral Health Capacity grants for community mental health services;
  • $74 million to increase capacity and service for mental- and behavioral health patients at Western State Hospital, Eastern State Hospital, and state-run community settings;
  • $326 million to the State Broadband Office for broadband infrastructure projects, including $50 million in bonds to leverage other federal funding; and
  • $175 million for the Housing Trust Fund for low-income housing options.

Projects funded for the 19th District in the approved capital budget plan include:

  • Chehalis Basin Strategy (including North Shore Levee and South Satsop restoration): $70 million
  • Grays Harbor College/Student Services and Instructional Building: $47.7 million
  • Naselle Hatchery Renovation: $15 million
  • Lower Columbia College: Center for Vocational and Transitional Studies: $3.2 million
  • Coastal Community Action Program (Aberdeen): $2.9 million
  • West Fork Grays River Conservation Project (Wahkiakum): $2 million
  • Seaport Landing/Former Weyerhaeuser Site (Aberdeen): $2 million
  • Willapa Center Housing Project (Raymond): $1.8 million
  • East Fork Grays River Floodplain Reconnection (Wahkiakum): $1.3 million
  • SP Willapa Hills Trail (Pacific County) Bridges: $1.15 million
  • Longview Fire Station Purchase (Cowlitz): $995,000
  • Public Building/Homeless Housing Conversion Pilot (Grays Harbor): $900,000
  • Lake Sacajawea Renovation Project (Longview): $900,000
  • Longview Hospice Care Center Renovation (Longview): $765,000
  • City of Ilwaco/Drinking Water Source Protection (Ilwaco): $721,000
  • Ports of Ilwaco/Chinook Infrastructure (Ilwaco & Chinook): $634,000
  • Forks Creek Hatchery/Renovate Intake and Diversion: $511,000
  • Coastal Community Action Program Service Center (Aberdeen): $500,000
  • Public Schools/SD Boistfort (Lewis): $496,000
  • RP Chehalis River Davis Creek Expansion (Grays Harbor): $438,000
  • South Bend School Multi-Use Field Upgrades (South Bend): $361,000
  • Ocean Beach Medical Group/Ilwaco Clinic (Pacific): $309,000
  • Campus Towers Roofing Project (Longview): $301,000
  • Deep River Watershed Connectivity  (Wahkiakum): $231,000
  • Tributary to Delameter Creek (Cowlitz): $224,000
  • SLRE Elk River Unit Habitat Enhancements: $96,000
  • American Legion Veterans Housing & Resource Ctr (Raymond): $88,000
  • SLRE Leadbetter Point Coastal Dune Restoration: $80,000
  • Public Schools PG (Raymond): $50,000
  • Cathlamet Pioneer Cemetery Restoration (Wahkiakum): $20,000
  • Maritime Museum Rehabilitation Project: $20,000

For a full list of all statewide projects, go to: http://fiscal.wa.gov/CapitalProjectListDistrictBien.aspx

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