Monday, October 5, 2009

ARRA To Pay For Centerline Rumble Strips

Another American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project is about to get undereway in our area. ARRA provided funding to install centerline rumble strips on 86 miles of state highways.

Today, installation starts on US 195, US 395, and State Route 902. Centerline rumble strips are a low-cost method of dramatically reducing crossover collisions by alerting inattentive drivers that they are crossing into oncoming traffic.

The rumble strips will be installed on US 195 from Dry Creek Road, just north of Colfax to Cornwall Road, near Rosalia. On US 395, the strips will go in from Loon Lake to Colville in Stevens County. In addition, centerline rumble strips will be installed on the full length of SR 902 except inside the City of Medical Lake.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.