Friday, April 24, 2015

Amendment to Transportation Improvement Program Includes Another Road Diet

The 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a document that identifies projects programmed to be undertaken or constructed during the upcoming four years. It includes project names and descriptions, the jurisdiction sponsoring them, funding attached to each project, and where the funding came from (local, state or federal funds). The TIP gets "amended" almost every month as things change. Local jurisdictions (City of Spokane, Spokane Valley, WSDOT, etc.) get new funding, move funds around or get projects ready to move forward and the TIP has to be updated for SRTC to stay in compliance with federal regulations.

This month's proposed amendment would add eight new Spokane Valley and WSDOT projects to the program. Here are samples of a couple of those projects:
  • Giving McDonald Road in Spokane Valley a "road diet" by restriping ti from four lanes to three lanes with a center turn lane and bike lanes.
  • Mounting reflectors to the backs of traffic signals at ten Spokane Valley intersections.
  • Paving Trent Avenue from Mission Avenue to Sullivan Road.
  • Replacing the Trent Avenue Bridge over the Spokane River located just east of the Hamilton and Trent intersection.

More details, and the rest of the projects, are in the list below. Click to see it full size. The Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) is looking for input on the amendment. 

After checking them out, please let us know if these projects are a good use of transportation funds for our areas or any other thoughts about them you'd like to voice. A public comment period on the proposed amendment starts today (April 24) and goes through 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. You can submit comments by emailing contact.srtc@srtc.org or calling 509-343-6370.



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About SRTC

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.