2017 - 2019 Federal Funding Awards

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TRPC Awards Federal Grant Funds to Local Transportation Projects Throughout Thurston County



On December 2, 2016 TRPC awarded federal grant funds to local transportation projects that will move forward over the next three years. These awards combined with their local and state matching revenues represent nearly $21 million in local transportation investments. The Council selected priority projects that will make the transportation system safer for all users, improve the efficiency of the transportation network, and repair or replace aging infrastructure.  
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Federal Surface Transportation Program Grant Awards
APPLICANT PROJECT AWARD
Lacey College and 22nd Ave Roundabout Construction  $302,961
Olympia Boulevard Road and Morse-Merryman Road Roundabout $799,057
Olympia Pedestrian Crossing Flashing Beacon Installation  $360,440
Thurston County Mullen Road - Lacey City Limits to Carpenter Road - ROW $300,000
Thurston County
Mullen Road - Lacey City Limits to Carpenter Road - Construction $2,000,000
Thurston CountyR
Countywide Restoration and Resurfacing Project 2018 $714,504
Thurston CountyR
Countywide Restoration and Resurfacing Project 2019 $714,503
Thurston CountyR
Grand Mound Transportation Study $300,000
Thurston CountyR
Main Street Rochester Strategy $216,250
Thurston County
Pacific Avenue and Yelm Highway Midblock Crosswalks Study $75,000
Thurston CountyR
Safe and Active Routes to Schools - Thurston County $58,594
TRPC*R Thurston County Bicycle Map, 6th Edition $38,210
TRPC*R Regional Transportation Data Management Program $35,464
Tumwater Desoto Street Stabilization and Rehabilitation $700,000
Tumwater Capitol Boulevard Pedestrian Crossing Improvements $121,100
Yelm Yelm Avenue / 1st Street Corridor Study $76,553
   TOTAL  $6,149,235
Federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Awards
Intercity Transit Bus Stop Enhancements for Safety & Accessibility $338,777
Intercity Transit Intercity Transit's Youth Education Program - "Walk N Roll" $145,000
Olympia School District*
School Speed Limit Zone Flashing Beacon Installation Project $69,632
RainierR Binghampton Streetscape Phase 1 Crosswalk Signage Project $23,355
Tenino/BucodaR Yelm-Tenino Trail Extension Feasibility Study $64,875
Yelm Fort Stevens Elementary - Pedestrian Improvements $414,949
   TOTAL $1,056,588
Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program Grant Awards
Tumwater Deschutes Valley Trail: Tumwater Historical Park to Falls Park $1,000,000

TOTAL $1,000,000
  GRAND TOTAL  $8,205,823
Notes: *=Non-Traditional Partner Applicant; R=projects with rural investments.

STP Project Descriptions

College Street and 22nd Avenue Roundabout 

Agency: Lacey Project ID Number: 2016 STP 01  
Award: $302,961  Match: $1,355,248 Total Cost: $1,658,209
Phase: Construction  Project Duration: 2017  

Project Overview 
The City Council adopted the College Street Improvements Final Report to improve safety, multi-modal use, community values and neighborhood circulation. 

This is Phase 1 of the total corridor project and will construct a roundabout at the intersection of College Street and 22nd Avenue SE to improve safety and reduce speed along College Street and provide enhanced pedestrian crossings. The project will improve sidewalks, pedestrian buffers, lighting and landscape medians to match the ultimate corridor.

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Boulevard Road and Morse-Merryman Road Roundabout Construction

Agency: Olympia Project ID Number: 2016 STP 02  
Award: $799,057   Match: $3,792,718     Total Cost: $4,591,775
Phase: Construction  Project Duration: 2017  

Project Overview
This proposal will construct a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Boulevard Road and Morse-Merryman Road. A roundabout will improve intersection safety and flow for motor vehicles, and enhance the safety and comfort of bicyclists and pedestrians through the intersection. The intersection is projected to fall below adopted standards for congestion within the next six years. The improvements will ultimately allow this area to densify, as planned in the Olympia Comprehensive Plan, while minimizing the impact of the additional trips. The Boulevard Road corridor serves regional traffic.

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Pedestrian Crossing Flashing Beacon Installation

Agency: City of Olympia Project ID Number: 2016 TAP 03  
Award: $360,440 Match: $56,260   Total Cost: $416,700
Phase: Design and Construction   Project Duration: 2017-2018  

Project Overview
This proposal will replace the existing in-pavement flashing light systems at nine pedestrian crosswalk locations with new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB's). The current in-pavement systems are reaching the end of their service life and have become difficult to maintain. The RRFB pedestrian warning devices will be installed at the street edge near the crosswalk to alert motorists of pedestrians. The City of Olympia is actively working to improve pedestrian crossings. Wide, busy streets can be a barrier to a pedestrian. Concern about a street crossing can prevent a person from making even a short trip on foot. Because of the high-volume vehicle traffic and the width of the streets, pedestrian crossing improvements along these streets can influence an increase in walking and transit trips along these corridors.

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Mullen Road - Lacey City Limits to Carpenter Road – Right of Way

Agency: Thurston County Project ID Number: 2016 STP 05  
Award: $300,000 Match: $800,000 Total Cost: $1,100,000
Phase: Right of Way Project Duration: 2017-2018  

Project Overview
Mullen Road SE is the only east-west corridor between Long Lake and Pattison Lake and the project provides direct access to three schools and a fire station. Local residents, including students, use this route to walk or ride bicycles to school. The existing two lane roadway includes two 12 ft travel lanes, but does not have adequate illumination, stormwater management, or pedestrian and bicycle facilities. This project will reconstruct the road, and add sidewalks, bicycle lanes and street lighting. This project will make a safer corridor for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, extend the life of the roadway, and improve water quality. In addition, it will promote multi-modal transportation by providing sidewalks and bicycle lanes that connect residential areas to local schools and to the major arterial system feeding downtown Lacey and other commercial areas. This application is for the Right-of-Way phase.

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Mullen Road - Lacey City Limits to Carpenter Road – Construction

Agency: Thurston County Project ID Number: 2016 STP 06  
Award: $2,000,000 Match: $4,500,000 Total Cost: $4,209,000
Phase: Construction  Project Duration: 2019-2020  

Project Overview
Mullen Road SE is the only east-west corridor between Long Lake and Pattison Lake and the project provides direct access to three schools and a fire station. Local residents, including students, use this route to walk or ride bicycles to school. The existing two lane roadway includes two 12 ft travel lanes, but does not have adequate illumination, stormwater management, or pedestrian and bicycle facilities. This project will reconstruct the road, and add sidewalks, bicycle lanes and street lighting. This project will make a safer corridor for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, extend the life of the roadway, and improve water quality. In addition, it will promote multi-modal transportation by providing sidewalks and bicycle lanes that connect residential areas to local schools and to the major arterial system feeding downtown Lacey and other commercial areas. This application is for the construction phase.

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Countywide Restoration and Resurfacing Project 2018

Agency: Thurston County Project ID Number: 2016 STP 07  
Award: $714,504 Match: $125,000 Total Cost: $925,000
Phase: Construction Project Duration: 2018  

Project Overview
This project request is for construction funding for asphalt paving on various arterial/collector roadways. Many roadways are in need of more than a chip seal due to age and increasing/changing traffic conditions. Project locations will be selected using the preservation priority array maintained by Public Works. These projects will also include safety features such as a safety edge, guardrail, traffic markings and shoulder and center-line rumble strips as appropriate. This application is for projects that go to construction in 2018.

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Countywide Restoration and Resurfacing Project 2019

Agency: Thurston County Project ID Number: 2016 STP 08  
Award: $714,503 Match: $125,000 Total Cost: $925,000
Phase: Construction Project Duration: 2019  

Project Overview
This project request is for construction funding for asphalt paving on various arterial/collector roadways. Many roadways are in need of more than a chip seal due to age and increasing/changing traffic conditions. Project locations will be selected using the preservation priority array maintained by Public Works. These projects will also include safety features such as a safety edge, guardrail, traffic markings and shoulder and center-line rumble strips as appropriate. This application is for projects that go to construction in 2019.

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Grand Mound Transportation Study

Agency: Thurston County Project ID Number: 2016 STP 09  
Award: $300,000   Match: $50,000  Total Cost: $350,000
Phase: Study   Project Duration: 2017-2018

 

 

Project Overview
The last Transportation Plan and Grand Mound Sub-Area Plan update was over 20 years ago. Since that time the area has developed, land use has changed, growth projections have been updated and analysis techniques have changed. Thurston County needs an updated plan to help guide strategic investments, facilitate economic development, and maintain mobility and transportation safety. This transportation study will assess the capacity of the existing transportation system to accommodate projected traffic volumes and provide a list of improvements that will be needed in Grand Mound over the next 20 years. The implementation of these improvements will improve the local economy, traffic operations and safety for a variety of users including drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

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Main Street Rochester Strategy

Agency: Thurston County Project ID Number: 2016 STP 10  
Award: $216,250 Match: $33,750 Total Cost: $250,000
Phase: Study  Project Duration: 2017  

Project Overview
State Highway 12 (SR 12), between Bailey’s IGA grocery store and 183rd Ave. SW, is Rochester’s Main Street. However, it is not living up to its economic potential and there are issues with safety, mobility, and access. This project will address how SR 12 functions as Rochester’s Main Street. Communities where Main Street is a highway need special care to ensure highway traffic does not interfere with the community character, pride, and sense of place present in a small community. This project will engage the community to identify strategies to better balance SR 12’s character as Main Street and as a regional highway: defining downtown through items such as gateways; enhancing the pedestrian space for residents, students, and visitors that stop to explore; and increase opportunities for multimodal travel. These improvements will strengthen Rochester’s downtown and will lead to a thriving business center.

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Pacific Avenue and Yelm Highway Midblock Crosswalks Study

Agency: Thurston County Project ID Number: 2016 STP 11  
Award: $75,000 Match: $25,000 Total Cost: $100,000
Phase: Study Project Duration: 2017  

Project Overview
This study will identify mid-block crossing locations and the necessary improvements to enhance pedestrian and bicyclist safety on the Pacific Ave and Yelm Hwy corridors. The Pacific Ave corridor limits would extend from Lacey City Limits to Steilacoom Rd and the Yelm Hwy corridor from Rich Rd to Lacey City Limits. Both corridors have high vehicle speeds, traffic volumes and pedestrian and bicyclist users since these corridors provide direct access between residential and commercial areas. Currently crosswalks only exist at signalized intersections within the corridor limits which creates long distances without marked crossings. This study will also identify accessible improvements at suggested crossing locations.

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Safe and Active Routes to Schools – Thurston County

Agency: Thurston County Project ID Number: 2016 STP 12  
Award: $58,594  Match: $9,165  Total Cost: $67,759
Phase: Program    Project Duration: 2017-2019  

Project Overview
Addressing regional goals and priorities for increased share of all trips by active forms of transportation and improving safety for all modes, this Safe & Active Routes to School project aims to provide improved conditions around schools/in school neighborhoods for safe and convenient walking and bicycling. It will assess current conditions and identify needs for active transportation improvements, seek quick-win projects to begin to meet needs, and deliver encouragement/education to prepare a new generation for being safer and more active on their way to school. Target areas: southern Thurston County communities and other unincorporated areas not served by Intercity Transit’s Walk N Roll program. The project also benefits all residents of these areas by making it easier to travel more safely and efficiently and to get physical activity, supporting health goals to prevent a rise in obesity.

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Thurston County Bicycle Map, 6th Edition

Agency: Thurston Regional Planning Council Project ID Number: 2016 STP 13  
Award: $38,210 Match: $5,965 Total Cost: $44,175
Phase: Program     Project Duration: 2018-2021  

Project Overview
This project will update Thurston County Bicycle Map and offer both print and electronic versions to the public. The map is updated around every three years to provide up-to-date information on new roads, bicycle facilities, trail segments, neighborhood connections, and the narrative sidebar information. Updating the map and distributing it in both print and electronic formats educates and reinforces safe bicycle behavior and promotes cycling as an effective means of transportation. In addition to showing bicycle routes to aid navigation, the map includes safety information, bicycle traffic laws, commuter tips, health messages, and information about bike clubs and shops. Since 1999, TRPC, Intercity Transit, Thurston County, the cities and other partners have collaborated, produced, and distributed five high quality editions of this map to people both within and outside of the Thurston County region free of charge.

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Regional Transportation Data Management Program

Agency: Thurston Regional Planning Council Project ID Number: 2016 STP 14  
Award: $35,464 Match: $5,536  Total Cost: $41,000
Phase: Study  Project Duration: 2017-2018  

Project Overview
Jurisdictions within Thurston County collect traffic data for a variety of transportation facilities to assist in transportation planning activities. These data are collected in varying formats, which makes acquiring consistent data, over the entire transportation network, and organizing it in a readily accessible manner, an ongoing challenge. Yet the need for accurate and up-to-date data has never been stronger - to meet federal performance measure and regional benchmarks monitoring, and to support local planning efforts. For this reason, local jurisdictions have asked TRPC to explore developing a coordinated approach to traffic data collection, storage, and retrieval. Working with local partners, TRPC will facilitate a Needs Assessment, including the evaluation of a variety of on line data hosting solutions, to promote efficiency in data collection, storage, and reporting.

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Desoto Street Stabilization and Rehabilitation

Agency: Tumwater Project ID Number: 2016 STP 15  
Award: $700,000  Match: $120,000   Total Cost: $820,000
Phase: Design and Construction Project Duration: 2018  

Project Overview
Desoto Street is a major collector roadway serving as a integral part of a transportation corridor between 1-5 and SR101 and connects this area of Tumwater, the Brewery District and regional traffic via Yelm Hwy and beyond to SPSCC and West Olympia. The route is an identified bike route serving recreational and commuter users and providing access from Tumwater Hill areas to the Brewery District businesses.

Desoto Street, located on the edge of Desoto Canyon, consists of two traffic lanes and a sidewalk which have experienced significant settlement creating safety concerns for all users. This project will construct structural fill, stabilize the canyon slopes, and replace the failed road and sidewalk and add an uphill bike lane providing for a safe multi-modal facility and preserve existing infrastructure.

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Capitol Boulevard Pedestrian Crossing Improvements

Agency: City of Tumwater Project ID Number: 2016 TAP 09  
Award: $121,100 Match: $18,900                 Total Cost: $140,000
Phase: Design and Construction   Project Duration: 2018

 

 

Project Overview
This project would upgrade existing pedestrian crossings on Capitol Blvd. at Market Street and at the mid-block location between Dennis Street and Israel Road. The current crossings include marked cross-walks, signage and pedestrian refuge medians. The upgrades would include the installation of pedestrian activated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons at each location.

Capitol Boulevard is a major arterial roadway serving both local and regional traffic and serves as a primary transit corridor. The proposed upgrades are located in dense commercial/office land uses with frequent pedestrian traffic. The high traffic volumes and driver non-compliance with the existing crossings pose a safety issue to pedestrians.

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Yelm Avenue / 1st Street (SR507) Corridor Study

Agency: Yelm Project ID Number: 2016 STP 16  
Award: $76,553  Match: $11,948   Total Cost: $88,501
Phase: Study   Project Duration: 2017-2018  

Project Overview
Yelm's historic Central Business District is centrally located and has had multiple improvements in the past years from individual project improvements. The corridor study would provide information for future vehicular and pedestrian safety enhancements along with determining better methods to accommodate transit, parking, and pedestrian movements from the existing shopping, parks and public facilities.

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TAP Project Descriptions

Bus Stop Enhancements for Safety & Accessibility

Agency: Intercity Transit Project ID Number: 2016 TAP 01  
Award: $338,777 Match: $51,300 Total Cost: $380,000
Phase: Design and Construction  Project Duration: 2017-2018  

Project Overview 
Make 63 existing bus stops ADA accessible within Intercity Transit’s service district of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm, and Thurston County. The purpose of this effort is to meet federal guidelines by constructing accessible 'landing pads' for ADA bus ramp deployment including, where appropriate, adding or improving curbing and ancillary storm water run-off. This project also undertakes improvements for pedestrian accessibility to transit stops that are adjoined at sidewalk or pedestrian pathways. Together, these improvements increase operational functionality and safety at the stop for the transit vehicle/driver, the riding public and, in particular, for riders who may have physical limitations or impairments.

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Intercity Transit's Youth Education Program - "Walk N Roll"


Agency: Intercity Transit Project ID: 2016 CMAQ 01  
Awardt: $145,000 Match: $23,000 Total Cost: $168,000
Phase: Program Project Duration: 2017-2019  

Project Overview 
The Walk N Roll program is the cornerstone of Intercity Transit's Youth Education programs that reduce drive-alone trips to school and build the next generation of safe and healthy pedestrians, bike riders, and transit users. This established, school-focused public education and outreach program helps students and families to access their schools and community through active transportation choices, and positively influences air quality in our region, neighborhoods, and around public schools by reducing congestion and idling on the trip to school and return home.

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School Speed Limit Zone Flashing Beacon Installation Project

Agency: Olympia School District Project ID Number: 2016 TAP 04  
Award: $69,632 Match: $10,868                                 Total Cost: $80,500
Phase: Design and Construction    Project Duration: 2017  

Project Overview
This project will improve school crossings on Carlyon Avenue at Lybarger Street and on North Street at Pifer Road and at Olympia High School west driveway. The existing 20 MPH school speed limit zone signing which currently has "When Flagged" or "When Children are Present" signing will be replaced. This project will include installation of School Speed Limit Zone flashing beacons and signing at the two locations listed above. Solar powered units will be installed. The intent of installing this type of traffic-control device is to get motorists' attention in a more effective way, by providing more positive guidance to motorists informing them of when the school zone speed limit is in effect. Improved motorist compliance to the school zone speed limit can improve pedestrian crossing safety. These improvements will enhance the safety of students walking and bicycling to and from school and crossing at these locations, and encourage students to walk and bike to school rather than being driven to school.

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Binghampton Streetscape Phase 1 Crosswalk Signage Project

Agency: City of Rainier Project ID Number: 2016 TAP 05  
Award: :$23,355 Match: $3,645 Total Cost: $27,000
Phase: Construction  Project Duration: 2017  

Project Overview
The current Binghampton Streetscape Project Phase 1 funds sidewalk improvements, ADA ramps, bulbouts, and crosswalks along that portion of SR 507 located within City of Rainier corporate limits between Minnesota Street N and Dakota Avenue N. The project includes funds for two pairs of solar powered pedestrian activated flashing beacons for the Dakota Avenue and Minnesota Street crosswalks. Since both the Dakota Avenue and Minnesota Street crosswalks are used by pedestrians and students to access the high school and middle school complex and sport fields directly south of SR 507, the city is requesting additional TAP grant funds to upgrade the crosswalk signage to solar powered pedestrian activated LED rapid flashing units.

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Yelm-Tenino Trail Extension Feasibility Study

Agency: City of Tenino and Bucoda Project ID Number: 2016 TAP 07  
Award: $64,875 Match: $10,125 Total Cost: $75,000
Phase: Study Project Duration: 2017  

Project Overview
The Yelm-Tenino Trail is an important east-west non-motorized corridor that connects people from the cities of Yelm, Rainier, and Tenino and the south county to the rest of the regional trail network via the Chehalis Western Trail. The Town of Bucoda and the City of Tenino’s western city limits lack safe bicycle and pedestrian facilities to this useful corridor. Expanding the trail corridor to these unserved communities will increase transportation and recreation opportunities for thousands of additional residents. A feasibility study examining potential trail connections to these locations will lay the ground work for future expansion of the Yelm-Tenino Trail. This proposal will identify future projects that will: 1) increase safety for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers alike; 2) connect Bucoda to the regional trail network; and 3) provide an alternate route into/out of Bucoda in the event of an emergency.

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Fort Stevens Elementary - Pedestrian Improvements

Agency: City of Yelm Project ID Number: 2016 TAP 10  
Award: $414,949 Match: $64,761 Total Cost: $479,710
Phase: Right of Way and Construction   Project Duration: 2018  

Project Overview
The project will improve safety for students and pedestrians along 100th Way Southeast and Grove Road near Fort Stevens Elementary. The existing roadway offers no protection from vehicles passing by or turning movements. There is a gap in the sidewalk on the north and south sides of 100th Way Southeast directly in front of the school and to the east and west respectively. This project will tie into the existing sidewalk and provide ADA compliant walkways along the roadways to eliminate the gaps.

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CMAQ Project Descriptions

Deschutes Valley Trail: Tumwater Historical Park to Falls Park

Agency: City of Tumwater  Project ID: 2016 CMAQ 02
 
Award: $1,000,000 Match: $200,000   Total Cost: $1,200,000
Phase: Construction  Project Duration: 2018-2019  

Project Overview
Construction of Segment A 1 of the Deschutes Valley Trail begins the long-anticipated completion of a vital link in the regional trail system that serves as the backbone of a countywide non-motorized network. Ultimately linking Tumwater Historical Park with Henderson Boulevard via Pioneer Park, the Deschutes Valley Trail will provide a safe and convenient alternative to driving that links important destinations in Tumwater and beyond. This project has benefits for the immediate vicinity and the entire regional trail system and multimodal network. It fully supports objectives of the Regional Transportation Plan, Sustainable Thurston, and the Urban Corridor Communities, as well as Tumwater's Comprehensive Plan.

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