Transportation Commission to focus on Twin Cities' regional transportation issues in Centralia, April 26
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: April 19, 2017
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
CENTRALIA – Local officials and community leaders from Centralia, Chehalis and the Lewis County area will meet with the Washington State Transportation Commission next week to share their perspectives on transportation issues, challenges, and successes.
The meeting takes place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the Council Chambers, Centralia City Hall, 118 Maple St. This is a public meeting and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled for 4:15 p.m.
The meeting features a series of short presentations on transportation topics in the Twin Cities’ region, including flooding, freight movement and tourism. The agenda also includes briefings on the transportation needs in the urban area of Centralia and Chehalis, transportation issues for the Chehalis Tribe, state highway preservation and maintenance, and public transportation.
Floods in 1990, 1996, and most recently in 2007, closed Interstate 5 in Lewis County and severely damaged local infrastructure. The Chehalis Basin Flood Authority and the Washington State Department of Transportation will discuss how a basin-wide flood control plan would protect critical transportation infrastructure in the future.
Two panels will address the connections between transportation and economic development in Centralia, Chehalis and Lewis County. The Lewis County Economic Development Council and the Port of Chehalis will discuss how rail and highway access are critical to economic vitality. Representatives from the White Pass Scenic Byway, the Centralia Downtown Association, and the Chehalis Community Renaissance Team will describe how bike paths, pedestrian safety, passenger train service, and electric charging stations can help grow tourism and recreation.
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 transportation policies and recommendations to the State Legislature and Governor that reflect the priorities of the people and local governments throughout the State of Washington. In 2017, the commission also will meet in Friday Harbor, Kent, Leavenworth and Spokane Valley.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/