On March 27, 2019, the Snoqualmie Tribe Impact Mitigation Committee unanimously voted to contribute $75,000 to the City of Snoqualmie’s effort to raise matching funds for a dedicated lane from Snoqualmie Parkway onto westbound I-90 at the I-90/SR 18 interchange. The dedicated lane would reduce traffic traveling through the signalized intersection, which is a critical intersection for Snoqualmie commuters.
If the necessary funds are raised, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will construct the lane to create an alternative access point for traffic leaving Snoqualmie during the construction of the much-anticipated interchange improvements. The timeline for the dedicated lane is dependent on raising funds to be matched by WSDOT.
“The Tribe is committed and grateful for this opportunity to partner with the City of Snoqualmie in the effort to improve travel times while improving safety measures through one of the busiest intersections in the State,” said Snoqualmie Tribe Vice Chair and Impact Committee Member Michael Ross.
The City of Covington's City Council approved a $50,000 contribution toward this project. Mayor Larson has also had positive conversations with the City of Maple Valley for a similar pending contribution.
“We are very grateful for the generous support from the Snoqualmie Tribe and other partners for this long overdue and much-needed project,” stated Mayor Matt Larson. “Such partnerships are essential for solving tough regional problems.”
The Snoqualmie Tribe Impact Mitigation Committee provides funding to mitigate impacts on public services such as law enforcement, emergency services, human services programs, and other service agencies, including traffic and transportation, resulting from the operation of the Snoqualmie Casino. Committee Members include one representative each from the City of Snoqualmie, King County, and the State of Washington, and two representatives from the Snoqualmie Tribe.
About the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe
The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is a federally recognized tribe in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. Known as the People of the Moon, Snoqualmie were signatories to the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855. Tribal enterprises provide over 1,700 jobs in the Snoqualmie Valley, and the Snoqualmie Tribe has donated more than $8 million to nonprofit organizations in Washington State since 2010. For more information visit www.snoqualmietribe.us.
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Joan Pliego, City of Snoqualmie
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