Regional Transportation Planning, Research, Investment Strategies, and Funding.

I-205 Access and Operations Study Published
The RTC Board adopted recommendations, in November 2014, to address long- and short-term roadway improvements and transit operations in the I-205 corridor, as well a set of operational policies for regional freeway corridors in the region. They identified a core set of long term capital projects and a set of near term operational improvements for I-205. The analysis, findings and recommendations are described in the I-205 Access and Operations Study Report.
Project Priorities Approved in Advance of 2015 Legislative Session
The RTC Board approved a 10-Year Transportation Project Priorities Report and the Clark County Transportation Alliance (CCTA) 2015-2016 Washington State Legislative Policy Statement at their January 6 meeting. These documents identify priority transportation investments needed within the region over the next decade. The Project Priorities report, published periodically by RTC, represents the regionally endorsed 10-year investment priorities needed to implement the RTP. The CCTA Statement is a multi-agency coalition Call to Action, which urges state legislative action on a comprehensive transportation package to address the region’s highway, roadway, transit, port and freight needs. Collectively, the RTC Board endorses legislative action to invest in the region’s critical transportation infrastructure. RTC will monitor legislative action throughout the 2015 state and federal legislative sessions.
Task Force Forms to Promote Freight and Commerce Projects
The recently organized Southwest Washington Freight and Commerce Task Force (SW-FACT) has officially launched a push with state and federal legislators to advocate for freight and commerce-related project across Clark County. Formed by regional business leaders, and sponsored as a special project by the non-partisan business group Identity Clark County, the Task Force urges decision makers to fund projects that improve the flow of freight and commerce throughout Southwest Washington. RTC has identified regional freight/commerce planning and data collection as a priority work effort for 2015, with the RTC’s Clark County Freight Mobility study serving as the region’s actions strategy for efficient freight mobility in Clark County. In building a partnership with the SW-FACT, RTC has provided project review and technical support services.
Clark County RTP: 2014 Update Adopted
The RTC Board adopted a 2014 update to the Regional Transportation Plan for Clark County (RTP) at its December 2 meeting. The RTP is the long-range, twenty-plus year, transportation plan required by federal and state governments as a pre-condition for receipt of federal and state transportation funding to this region. Adoption of the 2014 Plan concluded a year-long process during which Plan elements, such as regional transportation policies, demographic projections and transportation projects and strategies, were reviewed and updated.
RTC Issues 2014 Annual Report
The RTC has filed its 2014 Annual Report. The RTC deployed over $9.7 Million in seed capital funds, for regional transportation projects in Clark County, designed to upgrade the region’s signal, roadway, and transit networks. Major updates to the Regional Transportation Plans of Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties now provide a strategic outlook and inventory of critical infrastructure investments needed in the 3-county region spanning the next 20-years. In addition, the RTC filed periodic assessments of the Safety, Congestion, and Demographic conditions within Clark County.
Camas Completes NW 18th Avenue Trail
The City of Camas recently completed an important bike and pedestrian trail on the south side of NW 18th Avenue from NW Beech Street to SE 201st Avenue. The project was constructed using $220,000 in federal Transportation Alternatives Program funds that were awarded by RTC.
Skamania County Bridge Project receives Federal Grant
WSDOT recently awarded $850,845 in federal funds to paint the Hatchery Bridge along the Washougal River Road in Skamania County. The project is scheduled to begin in 2016.
Safety Projects receive $2.7 million in Grants
WSDOT recently awarded federal safety funds to counties in Washington State for engineering countermeasures to reduce fatal and serious injury collisions. Clark County will use approximately $1.8 million for guardrail and other safety improvements along Hayes, Washougal River, and Lockwood Creek Roads. Klickitat County will use approximately $0.9 million for various county-wide safety improvements.
Transportation Projects receive $7.2 million in Grants
Five street improvement projects in SW Washington will receive approximately $7.2 million in grants through the Transportation Improvement Board. Projects include South Parkway Ave. (Battle Ground), NE 99th St. and SR-503 intersection (Clark County), 32nd St. and Evergreen Blvd. intersection (Washougal), and sidewalks along Hwy 99 (Clark County) and SE Evergreen Way (Washougal).
Final TPA funded project in Clark County moves forward on I-205
Soon drivers will see heavy equipment move in to construct a new half-diamond interchange on Interstate 205 at Northeast 18th Street. The project is being built in partnership with the city of Vancouver. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, elected officials and community members joined the WSDOT in kicking off construction on Clark County’s final Transportation Partnership Act (TPA) funded project.
RTC Selects Transportation Projects for Funding
On October 7, the RTC Board of Directors selected 15 projects to receive approximately $9.7 million in regionally allocated federal transportation funds. Projects will be implemented between 2015 and 2018, and include funding for NE 18th Street, NE 94th Avenue, Brady Road, NE 119th Street, SR-502/SR-503 intersection in Battle Ground, Carty Road, 4th Street/Pacific Highway roundabout in La Center, and operational improvements throughout urban Clark County. In addition, the RTC Board approved the 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program, which indicates a funding commitment for approximately $147 million in transportation improvements over the next four years in the Clark County region.
Demographic Report: County Population Diversifying with Steady Growth
Demographers looking at national population data have identified three major trends of note – the population is growing; the population is aging; and the population is becoming more diverse. Theses national trends are playing out here in Clark County as well. To provide a foundation for the update to the Regional Transportation Plan, RTC has published a demographic profile for Clark County.