PORT ANGELES — Ask state Secretary of Transportation Doug MacDonald the status of the widening of U.S. Highway 101 to four lanes from Port Angeles to Sequim and East Jefferson County, and he asks how Referendum 51 fared with Clallam and Jefferson County voters.
“Public funding is the problem on 101,” MacDonald told the Peninsula Daily News in an interview following Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the state Department of Transportation’s Hood Canal Bridge graving dock facility on Port Angeles Harbor.
Referendum 51, the statewide transportation measure that would have raised the gasoline tax by 9 cents, suffered a resounding defeat in Clallam and Jefferson counties.
In Clallam, voters rejected the proposal by a 68 percent “no” majority. In Jefferson County, voters rejected the proposal by 62 percent. Statewide, the measure lost with 65 percent “no” votes.
—————–The rest of the story appears in Monday’s Peninsula Daily News.