Roads and Transportation
Fixing our transportation problems is one of our greatest challenges. Having a transportation system that works requires a balance between roads, transit, walking, and bikes.
A working transportation system is crucial to promoting economic growth and jobs. Businesses need to know their employees can get to work and their products to market. Appointed by Governor Gregoire as a member of the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board, Dave has worked to make sure that freight is central to transportation decisions. If aerospace and other industries cannot move parts and products our region will not be able to compete.
We need to find ways to use the dollars we have more effectively to reduce traffic congestion. Dave has been a leader in finding cost effective solutions. Sometimes the dollars aren’t there to improve an entire road. Dave’s worked with the Public Works Department to identify specific intersection improvements which will increase safety and reduce traffic backups while allowing us to stretch limited tax dollars.
Snohomish County does not have the funds to build 2/3s of the projects promised citizens when the comprehensive plan was adopted in 2005. The six year Transportation Improvement Plan adopted for 2012 either removed or delayed 1/3 of the projects planned just one year ago while also cutting basic maintenance. These shortfalls will continue even when the economy improves.
Dave has pushed for an honest open discussion with citizens about our transportation shortfall. He believes we need to prioritize projects, identify revenue sources, and talk honestly to our citizens about the options.
Dave has been a strong advocate of more walkways and including bike lanes in major arterial improvements. As a member of the Community Transit Board Dave worked hard to increase transit service, including the innovative Swift Bus Rapid Transit line on Highway 99. Dave was Chair of the board when the recession hit and cuts had to be made. Under his leadership the board reduced service in a way that was cost-effective and preserved the most service for the most people.
Some of the key projects Dave has worked for:
· 132nd St SE: A crucial east-west connector
· 35th Ave SE between 120th Pl and Seattle Hill Road: Another segment of this vital north-south corridor completed
· Intersection improvements at 180th and 35th: These improvements will significantly increase traffic flow
· Intersection improvements at 35th and Seattle Hill Road: Also increasing traffic flow
· SR 524: Completion of the first phase of this project connecting Thrasher’s Corner and Lynnwood
· North Road: This vital north-south connector was scheduled to be completed sometime before 2025. Dave’s efforts moved it up so that design work is currently under way and construction will begin in 2013.
Walkways for pedestrian safety:
· Eastshore Drive between 155th St SE/SW and 2nd Ave W
· Cascadian Way between 164th St SW and Meridian Ave
· Lockwood Road between Locust Way and Carter Road
· 45th Ave between 240th St Se and 228th (construction in 2012)
· Meadow Road between 164th St SW and Meridian Ave (scheduled for 2014)
Improved transit services:
As a member and Vice Chair of the Community Transit Board Dave worked for better and increased transit. Over 30,000 hours of bus service were added. The Mountlake Terrace Transit Center was opened. Swift Bus Rapid Transit service began on Highway 99. While service has since been cut back due to the recession Dave has worked for new revenue sources and to make the cuts in ways that serve the most bus riders.