MV to get funding for phase two of fund wall —

MV to get funding for phase two of fund wall

By Tahlia Honea
Skagit Valley Herald


The city of Mount Vernon will receive almost $2 million in state funding for the second phase of construction for downtown flood protection and a pedestrian walkway.

Gov. Christine Gregoire allocated $1 million in her last budget in 2007 to get the project started.

The new $1.98 million is a combination of funding from the 2011-2013 Biennial Capital Budget, the state Wildlife and Recreation Program and from the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, according to a city of Mount Vernon press release.

The money will be used for flood protection as well as a 24-foot wide pedestrian walkway adjacent to the Skagit River, between the Division Street Bridge and Kincaid Street, the release said.

"I am extremely appreciative of Gov. Gregoire and all our legislators from the 10th, 39th and 40th districts for securing this much needed funding," Mount Vernon Mayor Bud Norris said in the release.  "They all worked diligently on our behalf and found a way to make this happen even in these trying economic times."

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