Friday, April 29, 2011

WSDOT approves SR 19/20 Corridor Plan

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has completed a Corridor Plan for State Route (SR) 19/20 from SR 104 to the Port Townsend ferry dock.

The plan outlines a vision for the future of the highway corridor and recommends improvement strategies.

The WSDOT Olympic Region Administrator approved the February 2011 document on March 27.

Visit this website to download the Corridor Plan:

The key question for those of us who use this highway corridor is how best can we work together to implement the Plan. How can we see to it that the priority improvements happen?

Jefferson County Public Works will be working toward meeting the goals of the Plan and we look forward to working with you.

1 comment:

Marion said...

After 2 years of study and input from a variety of stakeholders and the public, DOT has published its plan for increasing safety and mobility on SR 19/20 between SR 104 and the ferry. The recommendations, even those classed as Tier 1 (low cost, high benefit and easiest to implement) involve major construction and would cost millions. Fortunately a low-cost alternative is offered. Transportation Demand Management, combined with Intelligent Transportation Systems, can effectively increase safety and access. Transportation Demand Management is an umbrella term for strategies that reduce vehicle trips or shift use of the roadway to off peak periods. Intelligent Transportation Systems is the term for application of computers, communications & sensor technology to surface transportation. The State, County and City have committed to reducing the number of miles travelled, so it makes little sense to do major construction at enormous expense to accommodate increases. It is time to use low-cost existing technology, smart management, non-motorized transportation, public transportation and collaboration with business to increase the efficiency, safety and access of our transportation needs.
A 36 page document from EPA describes Transportation control measures that reduce transportation-related air pollution, GHG emissions, and fuel use by reducing vehicle miles traveled and improving roadway operations. This document describes how various measures can reduce the demand for fuels, decrease GHG emissions and local air pollutants, and reduce infrastructure and travel costs for the community, residents, and local businesses. It is designed to be used by city planners, local transportation managers and agencies, mayors
and city councils. It is easy reading and well worth it.