Public input needed on state transportation routes

$37 million of freight moves on Washington roadways every hour of every day, and state wants that number to increase safely.

A new plan to ensure safe, reliable and efficient movement of goods through the state is now ready for public review and comment.

Once finalized, the Washington State Freight Mobility Plan will shape the future of Washington’s freight transportation network, this includes the Puget Sound and Pacific railway and travel into Grays Harbor from the ocean.

“Preserving and improving freight corridors remains vital to the state economy,” said Barbara Ivanov, Director of WSDOT’s Freight Systems Division. “We must put a priority on getting our goods to markets, both here in Washington and throughout the world.”

The main objectives of the Washington State Freight Mobility Plan are to:
1. guide state and federal investments in Washington state freight corridors
2. prioritize freight system improvement strategies
3. address multimodal freight issues in a single state freight plan

Public comment will be taken at meetings in Seattle and Spokane. WSDOT will also accept comments via email at freight@wsdot.wa.gov through Aug. 8.

Meeting schedule:
10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 24 at the Spokane Regional Transportation Council, 221 W 1st Ave #310, Spokane.
9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1 at the Puget Sound Regional Transportation Council, 1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle.

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