SR 99 tunnel project, toll, and state's 20-year transportation plan up for discussion at Transportation Commission's meeting March 18-19
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: March 13, 2014
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA –The future of our transportation system and how it will accommodate travel during the next 20 years will be a topic for discussion at the Washington State Transportation Commission’s meeting next week in Olympia. The commission will also discuss tolling on State Route 520 and the future State Route 99 tunnel, as well as the outcome of an independent review of the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement project.
The meeting starts 9 a.m. each day, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18 and 19, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled at the end of each day.
Tuesday’s agenda begins with a commission work session on the Washington Transportation Plan, which establishes the 20-year path for transportation in our state and addresses all modes including transit, roads, ferries, rail, aviation, walking and bicycling. The commission will release its draft plan for public comment in early July and will submit the final plan to the Governor and Legislature by the end of the year. In the afternoon, the Thurston Regional Planning Council will report on its recent plan update, the second of several regional transportation plan briefings to ensure the statewide plan includes local and regional priorities. Sessions on Wednesday morning address the roles of freight and passenger rail, and public transportation in the statewide transportation plan.
On Tuesday afternoon, the commission will receive a briefing from the Washington State Department of Transportation and Office of the State Treasurer on the SR 520 finance plan and toll rate setting requirements for this year. The commission is reviewing traffic and revenue data, and in the coming months will confirm, or possibly adjust, a planned 2.5 percent rate increase for the SR 520 Bridge to take effect on July 1, 2014.
The commission will hear from the Expert Review Panel that recently completed an independent assessment of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement project, including the financing and tolling aspects. Additionally, the commission will receive early tolling recommendations and guidance from the SR 99 Advisory Committee on Tolling and Traffic Management. One last tolling item will be discussed – the commission will receive an update on the environmental review of tolling Interstate 90 between I-5 and I-405.