SW Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization Board of Directors
The SWRTPO is comprised of one county commissioner from each participating county, representatives from participating cities, port district representatives, administrators from two Washington State Department of Transportation regions, and legislators from districts 18, 19, 20, 24 and 35.
The board is responsible for developing and adopting the Regional Transportation Plan and a planning work program through which the RTPO addresses transportation issues in a coordinated and cooperative manner. For Lewis and Pacific counties, the board certifies that transportation elements in local comprehensive plans are consistent with the regional plan. The CWCOG contracts directly with the Grays Harbor Council of Governments and the Lewis County Transportation Strategy Council to conduct transportation planning activities in those counties. CWCOG staff is responsible for transportation planning in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Pacific counties.
A TSP study will make possible a comprehensive evaluation of the detailed operations for all aspects of the transportation system in the Kelso-Longview study area, including street, parking, transit, pedestrian, bicycle and freight mobility (trucking and rail). This study was recently funded through the Cowlitz County MPO, for the Kelso-Longview metropolitan area.
The region’s transportation facilities serve more than 50,000 residents as well as many visitors and regional travelers. Preserving and developing the region’s transportation facilities will involve multi-disciplinary staff teams, multiple jurisdictions, private entities and developers, and the community. This TSP will provide a clear vision for the future of the transportation network. A cohesive plan ensures integrated and consistent transportation system development across jurisdictions and over time.
The TSP is expected to guide the development of a sustainable transportation system that supports the land use vision, provides transportation choices, promotes active living by design, guides development impact resolution, outlines arterial design standards, and integrates with the natural and built environment.
The M/RTP is a 20-30 year look into the future that covers the five-county SWRTPO area. The MTP is a long range plan that covers the same planning period for the MPO urban area. The M/RTP is written as one document and sets the vision for long-term transportation needs of the region. The appendix can be viewed here.
The WTISP was adopted April 2009. Stakeholders for the plan include: Washington State Department of Transportation, City of Woodland, Port of Woodland, Cowlitz County and Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments.
The strategic plan outlines a series of highway and rail/grade separation projects for the I-5 corridor through Woodland. The plan has several major components:
The SWRTPO/MPO’s Public Involvement Plan outlines the methods for public participation and outreach strategies for transportation planning programs and activities.
The RTIP is a compilation of the first four years of the six-year Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs) from local jurisdictions throughout the five-county region. This document includes a listing of all federally funded projects in the region, and planned projects whether federally funded or not.
This plan is developed to respond to Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) requirements that all transit projects funded by FTA programs serve the transportation needs of the transit dependent (i.e. low income, elderly and disabled persons) and include them in a coordinated transit plan. The plan was originally adopted in 2007 and updated in 2010. Chapter four, which includes the prioritized list of projects in the region, was amended in 2012.
The annual UPWP is a federally required statement of how state and federal funds will be used for transportation planning purposes by the COG during the next fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). The program is developed by COG transportation planning staff in cooperation with our RTPO/MPO member agencies and the WSDOT Southwest Region, and is reviewed by the FHWA, FTA and WSDOT before being presented to the COG Board for adoption. The document outlines the regional transportation work program and must follow guidelines set forth in state and federal regulations.
The Southwest Washington RTPO area includes some of the state’s most scenic amenities, from the Lower Columbia River communities in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Pacific counties, SR 504/Spirit Lake Memorial Highway to Mount St. Helens, the US 101 Coastal Corridor in Pacific and Grays Harbor counties, SR 109 Hidden Coast along the Pacific Ocean in Grays Harbor County, and White Pass Scenic Byway in Lewis and Yakima counties. The following links offer more information regarding Washington Scenic Byways.
The West Main Realignment project area is from the west end of the Allen Street Bridge, to the Kelso city limits at Cowlitz Way. The project stems from growing traffic, congestion and accidents along the corridor. The Council of Governments initiated the Longview/Kelso Urban Area Access management Implementation Strategic Plan, which was the precursor to the West Main Realignment project. The Kelso City Council selected Alternative 3A as the preferred alternative.
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
SWRTPO is allocating TAP funds to projects that support objectives of the Regional Transportation Plan and which can proceed with project delivery on a committed schedule. A total of $1,292,756 is available to the five-county SWRTPO area. For those interested in the funding availability, please see the official guidance below.
Southwest Region Washington State Department of Transportation Projects:
Map of Five County Area
Cowlitz Area TAC meets 1st Thursday of every month at 3:30 pm at the Cowlitz County Public Works Building.
Contact the COG Office for date, location and time of the next SWRTPO Board of Directors meeting.
For further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 360.577.3041.
Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments
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