Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: April 15, 2010
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA: Local officials of the Prosser area will have the opportunity to share their transportation challenges and priorities with the Washington State Transportation Commission. Transportation Commissioners meet with city, county, regional, and transit representatives next week in Prosser as part of their community outreach efforts.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at the Best Western Inn at Horse Heaven, 259 Merlot Drive, Prosser, starting at 9 a.m. The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the Commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled for 4:45 p.m.
The meeting will consist of a series of panel discussions and short presentations about current successes and challenges, future plans and needs for transportation at the local, regional and state level. Representatives from Prosser, Benton County, and Benton-Franklin Council of Governments will talk about transportation issues from a local perspective. Washington State Department of Transportation’s Assistant Region Administrator Troy Suing will present the latest on state managed transportation projects in Central Washington.
The meeting will cover a number of regional and local issues including a panel discussion of “Travel, tourism, and value added agriculture,” featuring Deb Heintz, Executive Director of the Prosser Economic Development Association, and local viticulture experts. Another panel will discuss Prosser’s downtown redevelopment effort and interest in becoming a “Main Street” community, exploring aspects of the connections between land use, economic vitality and urban transportation. Lastly, a panel discussion will occur on preparations for the 3-4 month shutdown of Columbia River barge traffic scheduled for winter 2011.
The Washington State Transportation Commission holds several meetings throughout the state each year to gain insight from local government, industry and citizens about transportation issues that affect their communities and region. This information helps the Commission to develop and implement a vision for transportation that reflects the policies, plans and priorities of the people of the State of Washington. Other cities the Commission will visit in 2010 include Aberdeen, Bellevue, and Okanogan.