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Future transportation projects focus of May 20 hearing

Posted: May 3, 2013 11:00:15 AM PDT

Bellingham City Council will hold a public hearing to gather input on the 2014-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) at 7 p.m. May 20 in the City Council Chambers.

Each year, the City is required to produce a prioritized list of capital projects needed to improve the transportation system over the next six years, consistent with the Transportation Element of the City's Comprehensive Plan, in order to qualify for funding from federal and state agencies.

The DRAFT 2014-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) lists capital improvement projects for Bellingham's multimodal transportation network, funding sources for each project, and anticipated timing of construction, if funding can be secured.  As an example, the Chestnut-Bay Bridge was added to the 2013-2018 TIP last year as an unfunded project so that Public Works staff could apply for a federal grant.  At the end of 2012, Bellingham was awarded $2,647,000 in federal funds and the project will now be constructed in 2014.

Capital improvement projects listed during the first three years of the six-year plan must be fully funded. Projects that do not have full funding, or that show unknown funding sources, must be listed as unfunded and planned for later years. The Bellingham City Council must adopt and submit the 2014-2019 Plan to the State of Washington before July 1, 2013.

The projects listed on the DRAFT 2014-2019 Transportation Improvement Program represent the City's focus on improving the transportation system for all forms of travel.

The Public Review Process:

Public comment will be accepted until the Council hearing on May 20. Direct your comments and questions to Chris Comeau, AICP, Transportation Planner, (360)778-7946 or


Media Contact:
Chris Comeau, Transportation Planner
Public Works Department

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