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City of Gig Harbor Receives State Transportation Improvement Grant


Award was the largest of all Washington state AGENCY grants in this category

Gig Harbor, Wash. November 20th, 2015 – The City of Gig Harbor was awarded a grant in the amount of $8M Friday morning, from the State of Washington Transportation Improvement Board (TIB), under the Urban Arterial Program Category. The source of these grant funds is the state gas tax. The award will be used to fund the Harbor Hill Extension Project in north Gig Harbor.

Work on this $11.5 million dollar project will include construction of the new roadway to connect the very end of Harbor Hill drive to Burnham Drive. Two new roundabouts complete, with all street improvements including curb, gutter, sidewalk, street lighting, and new utilities including storm water, water and wastewater will be included in the project.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Gig Harbor and will help with traffic and economic development on the north side of town,” says Mayor Jill Guernsey. The Washington State TIB awarded $81M in total grants under this category with Gig Harbor’s award being the largest.

The overall cost of the Harbor Hill Extension Project, including engineering, permitting and right-of-way procurement, is estimated at $11.5M. The remainder of the project funding ($3.5M) will come from the City of Gig Harbor funds. Construction on this project is anticipated to begin in fall 2016, with an estimated construction time frame of 12 to 18 months.

The City was selected for grant funding from TIB in large part due to the growth and development in the north section of Gig Harbor, among other criteria. Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s President Warren Zimmerman released a statement Friday afternoon stating, “I was very excited to learn that the City of Gig Harbor has been awarded a grant for the Harbor Hill Extension Project. The news couldn’t have come at a better time as we see continued growth throughout the greater Gig Harbor area. Mayor Guernsey and the City Staff deserve a great deal of credit for all of their hard work on the extension project and securing this grant.”

For further information or questions, please contact Ron Williams, City Administrator, at 253.851.6127 or

Gig Harbor – Washington’s Maritime City.


Contact: Karen Scott, City of Gig Harbor
Tourism & Communications Director
(253) 853-3554