Due to lack of a 2017-19 biennium Capital Budget, the 2017 Public Works Board Construction Loan List has not been funded yet.
In addition, the Public works Board will not be accepting funding requests at this time.
If you have questions, please contact your Contract Manager.

Construction Loan Program

Program Description

Low-interest loans for local governments to finance public infrastructure construction and rehabilitation.  Eligible projects must improve public health and safety, respond to environmental issues, promote economic development, or upgrade system performance.

Eligible Applicants

  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Special Purpose Districts
  • Quasi-Municipal Organizations

Tribes, school districts, and port districts are ineligible for this program.

Eligible Infrastructure Systems

  • Domestic Water *
  • Roads/Streets
  • Bridges
  • Sanitary Sewer *
  • Solid Waste/Recycling
  • Storm Water

*Limitations based on the proviso in the 2015-17 budget for RCW 43.155.070

Cultural Review (GEO 05-05, Section 106)

In order to protect the rich cultural heritage of Washington state, Governor Christine Gregoire signed Executive Order 05-05 (GEO 05-05). Recipients of state capital funds must consult with the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP) and any Federally recognized Indian tribes that may have cultural and/or historic interest or concerns in the project's vicinity.

However, if your project, through federal involvement, will be subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the GEO 05-05 requirement will be satisfied once the Section 106 process is complete.

Please remember that the GEO 05-05 process must be completed prior to the start of construction.

Connie Rivera is the Public Works Board's primary contact regarding the GEO 05-05 process. Copies of all correspondence and documents that are submitted to either DAHP or the Federally-recognized Indian tribes need to be sent to Connie so that the process can be documented. Please send the materials by email to Connie.Rivera@commerce.wa.gov or by mail to: Connie Rivera, Department of Commerce, Public Works Board, PO Box 42525, Olympia, WA 98504-2525

The GEO 05-05 process requires funding recipients to define the construction project area for potential impact including the identification of any building or structures 45 years old, or older, that are located within the project site. The funding recipient initiates contact with DAHP by submitting an EZ1 Form to the State Archaeologist Rob Whitlam. For projects that plan to alter structures 45 years of age, or older, an online inventory survey must be completed.

DAHP can issue a broad range of responses to your submittal. A common response is a "No Effect Upon Cultural/Historic Properties" letter. If you receive such a letter, you have completed the DAHP portion of the review. Completion of the DAHP portion of the GEO 05-05 process does not complete the entire process. Consultation with any impacted tribes must occur.

If DAHP requires more information (completion of additional forms, cultural survey, inadvertent discovery plan, etc.) you must comply with the request. It is possible that you will need to hire a professional archaeologist. Once DAHP agrees with the additional materials provided, the DAHP portion of GEO 05-05 is complete.

Remember that DAHP's concurrence is only a portion of the process. Tribal concurrence also needs to be obtained.

Tribal consultation is initiated by sending a letter and any project information describing the location and extent of the project to the potentially affected Federally-recognized Indian Tribe(s). The correspondence should be sent by your mayor, commission chair, or equivalent position to the Tribal Chair. Additionally, the letter needs to be copied to the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer or Cultural Resources Coordinator. Do not send the Tribes the EZ1 form! The Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs (GOIA) maintains a tribal contacts directory that will assist you in identifying Tribal officials.

The Tribes must be allowed at least 30 business days to respond. Please incorporate additional time to account for the time it takes to correspond correspondence to reach each Tribe, and for the Tribes' correspondence to reach you. There may be no response, or there may be a wide range of responses to the information you've provided. As with DAHP, if additional materials are required, they must be provided to the Tribes and they must concur with the findings prior to the Board approving completion of the GEO 05-05 process.

2017 Recommended Construction Loan List

The 2017 Public Works Board Recommended Construction Loan List is still under consideration by the Washington State Legislature.

View the list here.

DWSRF Transition

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) is being transferred from Public Works Board contract management to being fully administered by the Department of Health. 

Learn more here.


PWeB, our online contract database, is going through some changes. Contact Carrie Calleja to request a password, and for information on how to get the information you need out of PWeB.

Program links

Need help?

Cecilia Gardener
Executive Director
Phone: 360-725-3166

Connie Rivera
Program Manager
Phone: 360-725-3088

Cindy Chavez
Budget Analyst
Phone: 360-725-3154

Barbara Smith
Board Liaison
Phone: 360-725-2744

Jacquie Andresen
Program Specialist
Phone: 360-725-3089

Carrie Calleja
Program Specialist
Phone: 360-725-3015

Isaac Huang
Program Specialist
Phone: 360-725-3162