Council OK’s 6-year transportation program
If you’ve been wondering when you’ll see improvements and repairs to some of the streets in Edmonds, some long-term plans in the city’s 2014-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) might give you a hint.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) requires each city and town to adopt a TIP and file a copy of the adopted program with WSDOT.
The Edmonds City Council adopted the new TIP last Tuesday, which identifies all planned projects for the next six years and lists the appropriate funding source.
The six-year TIP program is really a running list of transportation projects the city would like to move on. The list can change, with projects moving up or down, and new projects added at the discretion of the council. Many projects are dependant on grants and are moved up or down based on when, or if, those grants will be received.
Bertrand Hauss, transportation engineer for the city, listed the projects and discussed funding sources with councilmembers.
Among projects near the top of the list:
- 5th Avenue S overlay from Elm Street to Walnut Street – the project calls for grinding pavement and overlay, and is funded by local funds and a secured federal grant.
- Improvements at the intersection of 212th Street SW and 84th Avenue W (5 Corners) – installing the roundabout and converting overhead utilities to underground, replacing water lines and stormwater upgrades. Funded by federal grants and local traffic impact fees.
- Corridor safety improvements at 228th Street SW – constructing a missing roadway link on 228th Street SW between Highway 99 and 76th Avenue W. Install traffic signals at Highway 99 and 228th Street SW and 76th Avenue W and 228th Street SW to improve safety. Bike lanes and sidewalks will be added on both sides of the new stretch, and stormwater improvements are also being incorporated into the project. The project is funded by federal grants and local money.
- Improvements at the intersection of 76th Avenue W and 212th Street SW – re-design the intersection to reduce intersection delay and improve the level of service. Utility improvements will also be made during the project. Funding is provided by federal grants and local traffic impact fees.
Hauss noted that most of the funding for these projects will be paid for by grants, with a minimum of city monies being spent. Council voted unanimously to approve the six-year TIP.
For more information on the TIP go to: http://www.ci.edmonds.wa.us/government/city-council/agendas.html.