Following Monday’s passage of a 16-year, $15 billion plan to invest in Washington’s transportation infrastructure, Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, the Senate Democrats’ lead transportation negotiator, issued the statement below:

“Our state’s infrastructure is at a crossroads and the passage of this plan comes at an absolutely critical time. Not only is this plan a boon for our state’s economy, it is also a potential game changer throughout our shared communities.

“After years of conversations and negotiations that started and then stalled without a deal, there is certainly a feeling of satisfaction that we were able to deliver this critical deal to the people of this state.

“This plan will continue to have its critics. I am one of them. No deal is perfect; that’s the nature of compromise.

“What is important is that we’ve taken a crucial step forward and now the House will have the opportunity to consider this plan.

“Every corner of our state is in dire need of upgrades to roads, bridges, rail, bike and pedestrian paths and transit options. This package addresses those needs.

“Of course the most important benefit of these investments are the approximately 200,000 jobs that will be created over the life of this plan. These investments will put our state on solid ground for generations to come.”