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The current officers of the board are:
  • John Hutchings - President
  • Gary Edwards - Vice President
  • Bud Blake - Board Member
  • Marcie Taylor - Clerk of the Board
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 BACKGROUND

The Board of County Commissioners adopted an ordinance on Dec. 30, 2014 that created the Thurston County Transportation Benefit District—or “TC-TBD”—that covers the unincorporated areas of the county.

Many cities and counties in Washington are funding important road maintenance projects, new transportation infrastructure, and public transit systems that are aging, deteriorating, and not keeping up with inflation or population growth by creating transportaion benefit districts.

DISTRICT CREATION IS AUTHORIZED UNDER WASHINGTON STATE LAW (RCW 36.73) for cities and counties to collect revenue to help pay for those projects.



Thurston County's Transportation System

    Thurston County has over one thousand miles of roadway, supporting over:
  • 109 bridges
  • 47 miles of trails
  • 110 miles of sidewalks
  • 23 miles of guardrails
  • 1,000 street lights
  • 6,500 storm drains
  • 256 storm water ponds
  • 17,000 traffic signs

...having a total value of over $750 million!


 MISSION

SYSTEM PRESERVATION

Projects that would help preserve our existing infrastructure will be given high priority by the TBD. The county’s existing transportation infrastructure is worth more than 3/4 of a billion dollars, so it’s vitally important that we protect, maintain and preserve those assets and keep them functioning well.

    Examples of these kinds of projects:
  • road repairs and resurfacing
  • shoulder repair and preservation
  • culvert and roadway drainage maintenance


ROADWAY SAFETY

Projects that protect or improve roadway safety or reduce traffic collisions will be given a high priority by the TBD. Traffic collisions are the fourth leading cause of death for Thurston County residents, so improving roadway safety is a top priority.

    Examples of these kinds of projects:
  • guardrail maintenance, repair and preservation
  • installing rumble strips and safety edges
  • structural maintenance and preservation for bridges


UPDATED TECHNOLOGY

Projects that are able to use updated technology to be more effective and efficient will be given a high priority by the TBD. Doing maintenance, preservation and repair work to our transportation infrastructure also offers us the opportunity to use state-of-the-art technology and techniques that can improve safety, address congestion, or that are more cost effective or hold up better over time.

    Examples of these kinds of projects:
  • up-to-date “traffic calming” techniques and devices
  • up-to-date signal systems
  • up-to-date pedestrian and school beacons



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