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Published on Friday, February 2, 2018

Bill would increase population threshold for enhanced state route maintenance responsibilities

Companion bills have been introduced in the House and Senate that would increase the population threshold for cities required to take on increased state route maintenance responsibilities. Currently, cities with a population of more than 25,000 carry greater responsibilities for the maintenance of state routes that run through their communities. These include requirements around maintaining traffic control signals and slope stability. HB 2948/SB 6576, Rep. Paul Graves (R-Fall City)/Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah), would increase the population threshold from 25,000 to 35,000.

AWC supports this legislation because the burden of maintaining our current transportation infrastructure is often difficult with the limited resources we have. When state route responsibilities are added on, many communities lack the adequate resources to address these new requirements.

Both bills are scheduled for public hearing in their respective transportation committees on Monday, February 5. AWC plans to testify in support.

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