Council OKs transportation plan

May 10, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW— 6 a.m. May 10, 2009

City Council members approved a plan last week that outlines dozens of transportation projects – from construction of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing to improving sidewalks and streets.

The council unanimously approved the Transportation Improvement Program, which outlines how transportation money will be spent over the next six years.

Listed in the TIP are projects ranging from an $8.39 million project to improve Newport Way from Maple Street to West Sunset Way to safety improvements, such as the construction of a traffic roundabout at the corner of East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Southeast 43rd Way.

City Transportation Manager Gary Costa presented the TIP to council members May 4. He explained the role of the TIP in securing dollars for transportation projects.

“In order for a project to receive any state, federal or half-cent gas tax funding, the project must be listed in the TIP,” Costa said. “And the TIP is required to be adopted by the City Council.”

Projects listed in the TIP are prioritized through the separate Capital Improvement Plan process. City Council members will review CIP projects during the next four weeks. The full council will consider the CIP during a June 15 meeting.

State law requires every municipality to annually update its TIP for the upcoming six years. City planners will submit the plan to the Puget Sound Regional Council, a transportation planning organization, by May 22. The document will then be submitted to the state Department of Transportation by June 1.

“This is a good framework of programs for the city to pass along to PSRC and WashDOT, and hopefully get some more non-city sources to take care of these projects along the way,” Councilman Joshua Schaer said.

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