If you’re unhappy with the city’s improvements on Northeast 137th/138th Avenue from Northeast 28th to 49th streets, take heart: The city doesn’t have any money to continue the project from 49th Street north to Fourth Plain Road.
The city also doesn’t have money for four other high-priority capital improvement projects:
• Northeast 18th Street from Four Seasons Lane to Northeast 137th Avenue.
• Southeast First Street from Southeast 164th to 192nd avenues.
• Northeast 18th Street from Northeast 107th to 97th/98th avenues.
• Jefferson Street/Kauffman Avenue between Evergreen and W. Fourth Plain boulevards.
All together, the five projects would cost $46.1 million.
The Vancouver City Council was presented with a grim confirmation Monday of what it knew, that it is millions of dollars short on its goals of reconstructing streets, including ones that were built to a rural standard (such as Southeast First Street) and can’t handle urban traffic.
The councilors didn’t make any policy decisions Monday. They are scheduled to set a policy by mid-to-late November on how to best manage long-term transportation needs, including how those needs should be financed.
The city paid consultants $55,000 for a performance audit of how it manages its streets, plus a six-year forecast of needs and revenues.
Consultant Kathy Scanlan told the council Monday that in addition to the shortfall for capital projects, the city also doesn’t have revenue to keep up with pavement management, which includes operation and maintenance costs; or preservation, which includes rebuilding streets that need more than just a touch-up and replacing signals.