Officials want your input on transportation plans

April 19, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. April 19, 2009

Bring your comments about city transportation projects to the May 4 City Council meeting.

Officials are updating the Transportation Improvement Program – a $36.3 million plan to overhaul and update city bridges, roadways and intersections over the next decade.

Residents will have an opportunity to offer their input about the plan May 4. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 135 E. Sunset Way.

Included in the TIP are proposals to spend $2.5 million to analyze traffic patterns and address congestion. More than $18 million is earmarked for 21 roadway projects, including the planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing. The plan also outlines funding to replace the Dogwood and Northwest Juniper Street bridges.

Other measures included in the TIP address improvements related to the bikers and pedestrians who use city streets and sidewalks.

View the draft plan and a map here.

Members of the Council Transportation Committee discussed the TIP at their April 14 meeting. Committee members Joshua Schaer, Fred Butler and John Rittenhouse raised questions about how projects would be funded and prioritized.

After city officials hear public comments about the TIP, planners will send the plan to the Puget Sound Regional Council for review. State law requires every municipality to annually update its TIP for the upcoming six years.

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