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Published on Friday, January 27, 2017

Pavement preservation report bill scheduled for hearing this week

HB 1490, Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma), would eliminate the requirement that cities provide pavement preservation data to the Washington State Transportation Commission. Currently, under RCW 46.68.113, cities are required to report on pavement conditions for 80 percent of their total arterial networks. AWC asked Rep. Fey to sponsor this bill in an effort to reduce redundancy and create greater efficiencies in city operations.

For the past few biennia, the report has been waived and, when required, there have been no uniform data standards put in place. As a result, the data have not been comparable from city to city. In addition, as Washington moves towards a new accountability framework within the federal MAP-21 and Fast Act programs, the Department of Transportation has confirmed this report is no longer of use to them.

We greatly appreciate Rep. Fey’s support, as well as the support of co-sponsors Reps. Jay Rodne (R-Snoqualmie), Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island), Mark Hargrove (R-Covington), Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane), Luanne Van Werven (R-Lynden), Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) and Morgan Iriwn(R-Enumclaw). HB 1490 has been scheduled for public hearing in the House Transportation Committee on January 30 at 3:30 pm.

Categories: Transportation