Hybrid in-person/virtual meeting takes place July 18-19 in Olympia
OLYMPIA – The July 18 and 19 meeting of the Washington State Transportation Commission will include updates on Road Usage Charge research, the I-5 Interstate Bridge replacement project between Vancouver and Portland and efforts to help cities and counties address climate change.
The meeting takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, and from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, at the Washington State Department of Transportation Headquarters Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus, and the public is invited to attend. The meeting will also be streamed on TVW. Those wishing to participate virtually may register on the commission’s website. Virtual and in-person public comment is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19. Written comments can also be submitted via email to
On Tuesday, commissioners will hear the results of a recently completed Road Usage Charge enrollment simulation conducted with over 1,000 Washingtonians. They will also hear from the Washington State Department of Commerce on its program to help local jurisdictions address climate change in their comprehensive plans. Also on Tuesday, Commerce and WSDOT officials will discuss Vehicle Miles Traveled reduction efforts, including guidance on potential policies to reduce the total miles driven statewide. This work supports statewide emission reduction goals.
Other topics to be covered at the Olympia meeting include:
- Reconnecting Seattle’s South Park neighborhood: On Tuesday, the commission will learn about a $1.6 million federal grant awarded to the Reconnect South Park group, which is working to study the impacts of State Route 99 on the neighborhood.
- Naming a state highway overlook: On Wednesday, a proposal to name the Riffe Lake Overlook on State Route 12 after late Lewis County Commissioner Gary Stamper will be presented for adoption.
- Route Jurisdiction Transfer requests: Representatives from the cities of Ridgefield and Snoqualmie, as well as WSDOT administrators, will offer comments on proposals to transfer ownership of roads in both cities on Wednesday.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit the commission’s website: wstc.wa.gov/.