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Comments sought on $343.8 million transportation program

Regional Transportation Council could adopt program on Oct. 1

The Columbian
Published: September 3, 2019, 6:03am

Interested in knowing what major transportation projects are scheduled to be built in Clark County during the next four years?

The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council is seeking public comments on a draft $343.8 million transportation improvement program.

The Regional Transportation Council develops the four-year program through a coordinated process with local cities, Clark County, the Washington State Department of Transportation and C-Tran.

The entire 142-page draft document can be found online at: tinyurl.com/rtc-tip. An 80-page list of projects is available at: tinyurl.com/rtc-tip-projects.

A comment period will last through Oct. 1. On that date, the Regional Transportation Council Board of Directors will hear comments before it considers approving the program. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the sixth-floor hearing room at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Prior to Oct. 1, written comments can be sent to: Regional Transportation Council, PO Box 1366, Vancouver, WA 98666-1366. Comments also can be submitted online at: tinyurl.com/rtc-comments.

The four-year program includes 79 projects that fall into eight categories:

• Road improvement: Enhancing roads for vehicles, including widening, reconstruction, intersection improvements and related works. Twenty-one projects totaling $127.1 million.

• Bridge: New bridge construction and bridge replacement, along with repair and painting. Six projects totaling $99.8 million.

• Transit: All purchasing and planning projects for C-Tran. Four projects totaling $60 million.

• Safety: Improvements primarily to reduce the number and severity of vehicle crashes, such as intersection improvements, signs, lane markings and guardrail. Eleven projects totaling $21.7 million.

• Bicycle and pedestrian: Standalone projects that encourage walking and cycling, including sidewalks, bicycle lanes, paths and improved pedestrian crossings. Ten projects totaling $10.9 million.

• Preservation: Projects to extend the life of roads and other transportation infrastructure, including pavement overlay, pavement repair and transit preventative maintenance. Thirteen projects totaling $10.9 million.

• Transportation system management and operations: Low-cost projects to optimize the performance of existing transportation systems, such as traffic detection and signal improvements. Nine projects totaling $9.1 million.

• Planning: Preparing, analyzing and implementing studies and plans to improve transportation. Five projects totaling $4.1 million.

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