Supporters of the transportation package known as the Gateway Project, which would expand State Route 167 from Puyallup to Tacoma, have a small reason to celebrate.
The House of Representatives approved the $10B package on a 51-41 revote Thursday, after falling one vote short the day before. The package will move on to the Senate, where it will be voted on Friday.
The implications of the package are huge for the South Sound business community, but local leaders worry about the opposition it could face in the Senate.
“We have heard that there are some senators — and even with the House — they’re not pleased with it exactly how it’s written,” said Port of Tacoma communications director Tara Mattina. “We hope that they’ll continue talking and find some compromises.”
Tom Pierson, president and CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce expressed a similar sentiment Thursday afternoon.
“It puts us one step closer, but we still have a long way to go,” Pierson said. “Getting the transportation package has been a lengthy process.”