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Facilitation and Mediation Services

WSDOT's Local Programs Division provides technical assistance to improve roadway design and promote partnerships between WSDOT, local agencies, school districts, tribal nations, community groups, and other groups.  

No-cost mediation and facilitation services are an important part of our techincal assistance servcies.  This website provides additional information about the options available to local agencies and contacts for questions or scheduling.

Mediation Services

We offer free mediation services to local agencies working through maintenance and design discussions with WSDOT.  Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that aims to assist disputants in reaching an agreement. In mediation, settlement negotiation is facilitated by an independent third party, or mediator, in a voluntary, non-binding and confidential process. We also assist with construction, real estate, property, and other issues.

Contact:  Local Programs Engineering Services manager for more information.

Transportation Design Charrettes and Workshops

Planning a downtown's futureTransportation design charrettes or workshops create a forum for the public together with a professional team of transportation designers, planners, traffic engineers to develop a common vision for a corridor, trail, main street or other transportation project. Typically, charettes last two days, and include focus groups, walkability audits and community design sessions. Emphasis is on community participation, interactive design, and informative presentations.

Contact: Local Programs Active Transportation Programs manager for more information.

Corridor Safety Projects

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in partnership with The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), and the Washington State Patrol provide assistance to local agencies to reduce fatal and disabling collisions on key corridors.  The projects help to build partnerships to implement low-cost, near-term solutions.

Once a corridor is selected, a task force is formed that includes law enforcement agencies, public works and state highway agencies, emergencies response agencies, businesses, schools, civic organizations, citizen activists, appropriate federal agencies and interested political entities such as county commissioners or city officials. All agencies work together as equal members of the local corridor project task force. A typical Corridor Safety Project lasts from 18 to 24 months.

Contact: Local Programs manager of Traffic Engineering for more information.

Facilitation of Plan and Policy Development

We draw from research and experience to assist communtities in development of plans, policies, zoning codes, and ordinances that support efficient transportation and livable communities. We offer assistance with development of transportation elements of comprehensive plans in the areas of street design and standards, non-motorized transportation policies, and transportation supportive land use policies.

Contact: Local Programs Active Transportation Programs manager for more information.

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