Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Amendment Proposed to Transportation Improvement Program

An amendment to the 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) proposes adding a Spokane Valley project to the program and increasing the total cost of a Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) project.
The 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 is updated regularly throughout the year as SRTC’s member jurisdictions have projects to add, change or remove from the program.

The amendment under consideration would:

·     Add a Spokane Valley project to the program that will reconstruct the asphalt pavement of the Sullivan/Euclid intersection and approaches with cement concrete, rehabilitate and/or replace stormwater facilities and upgrade curb ramps to ADA standards. It will also improve the geometrics of the west leg of the intersection.
·     Increase the cost of a project already in the 2016-2019 TIP from $400,000 to $550,000. This WSDOT project would install fiber optic communications and Closed Circuit TV cameras on US 2 from Spotted Road to I-90.

Details on the proposed amendment are below. Do you think the amendment is a responsible way to spend tax payer dollars? A public comment period for the amendment starts Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Members of the public are encouraged to provide input. All comments must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2016. Comments can be submitted by emailing to, mailing to SRTC at 221 W. 1st Ave., Suite 310, Spokane, WA, or by calling (509) 343-6370.

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