Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SRTC Proposes to Allocate $816 Million to Local Transportation Projects and Programs Between 2016 and 2019

I get asked a lot what projects are road construction projects are coming up in the next couple years. Considering that I can't even remember what I had for breakfast most days, I usually refer people who ask this to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is a document that lists transportation projects that jurisdictions within Spokane County plan to undertake during the upcoming four years. 

Every year the TIP is updated for the upcoming four years. We have recently completed that update process and are now asking members of the public for input on the projects included in the 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program. The 2016-2019 TIP contains:
  •   A total of 122 projects; 26 more than the current 2015-2018 TIP.
  • $816 million dollars in local transportation investments to be spent between 2016 and 2019.
  • $44 million of that amount comes from funds distributed through SRTC. The remainder  is provided through sources such as the street levy implemented by the City of Spokane, impact fees and local improvement districts.

Projects in the TIP vary; from projects that maintain and preserve our roads to construction of new facilities like the North Spokane Corridor and projects that encourage economic development. There is also bridge replacement projects, public transit improvements and bicycle and pedestrian facilities included in the document.

You can check out the 2016-2019 TIP at http://www.srtc.org/tip.html. For even more TIP-related fun, you can play around with the map below to see where projects included in the document will be located.


And if you have further questions or concerns about the TIP, we'll be holding a public meeting to give you a chance to talk to staff one-on-one about it. The meeting is Wednesday, September 23 from 4-6 p.m. at SRTC, 221 W. First Ave., Suite 310, Spokane, WA 99201.  

For those who would like to submit comments but can't make the meeting, a public comment period runs from Wednesday, September 2 through 4 p.m. on Friday, October 2. Comments can be emailed to contact.srtc@srtc.org, mailed to SRTC at the address above, or phoned in to (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.