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Published on Friday, February 6, 2015

Bill would exempt certain WSDOT projects from local shoreline permitting

HB 1850 exempts a wide range of WSDOT projects from local shoreline permitting if the project occurs within the right-of-way of state highway facilities or a ferry terminal. The replacement of structures must be comparable to the original structure except to meet current engineering or environmental permitting requirements. This exemption would apply to maintenance, repair and reconstruction and replacement of any road, highway, bridge, tunnel, or transit facility including ancillary facilities such as bike paths or pedestrian lanes. This bill has been discussed as a component of a statewide transportation revenue package as a reform and efficiency proposal. We would like to be measured in our response. Please share your concerns with Carl Schroeder.