The state is asking residents for public comments on a proposed four-year transportation improvement program.

The multimodal project is expected to improve state and local transportation systems, according to a Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) news release.

WSDOT is asking for public review and comment on the draft 2019-2022 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

“More than 1,500 statewide transportation improvement projects using $3.9 billion in federal funds are included in the 2019-22 STIP,” the news release stated. “Comments will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 20. “ 

The program’s 2019-22 projects, available online, are compiled from local transportation programs, metropolitan and regional transportation improvement programs (TIPs) and have been identified through state, metropolitan, regional, tribal and local planning processes.

“These are the highest priority for the available funding to preserve and improve the state's transportation network,” the news release stated.

 The STIP includes highways, streets, roads, railroads, transit-hubs, park-and-ride lots, bridges, sidewalks, bike lanes, ferry terminals, trails and safety projects funded with federal, state, tribal and local revenue sources. Federally funded projects must be included in the STIP before Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration can authorize the expenditure of federal funds. 

The current 2018-21 STIP can be viewed online and a similar, searchable database of the 2019-22 STIP will be created in early 2019, following FHWA and FTA approval.

 The public comment period for the draft STIP is open till 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. Written comments can be sent to: Nancy Huntley, WSDOT, P.O. Box 47390, Olympia, WA 98504-7390, email: Huntlen@wsdot.wa.gov, or by fax at 360-705-6822.