Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: September 14, 2010
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA: Local officials from Okanogan County and its cities will share their transportation challenges and priorities with the Washington State Transportation Commission, which is meeting September 21 in Omak as part of its statewide public outreach effort.
The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Omak City Hall, 2 North Ash Street, Omak, starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. 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 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, September 21.
The agenda features a series of short presentations and discussions about current successes and challenges, future plans and needs for transportation at the local, regional and state level. Representatives from the cities of Omak and Okanogan, Okanogan County, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the North Central Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization will talk about transportation issues from a local perspective. Washington State Department of Transportation Region Administrator Dan Sarles will talk about the state highway system in the area.
The meeting also will include a focused discussion of the infrastructure challenges facing low-growth areas, such as functionally obsolete bridges, and roads with inadequate shoulders to accommodate growing numbers of bicyclists.
The Washington State Transportation Commission holds several local 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 transportation plan that reflects the priorities of the people and local governments of the State of Washington. The Commission recently held local meetings in Prosser and Aberdeen and will be visiting Bellevue in November.
For more information about the Commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit the Transportation Commission’s Web site at: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/