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Moving Washington Forward: Practical Solutions

Practical Solutions is a modern, performance-based approach to transportation decision-making. This data-driven approach uses the latest tools and performance measures to support decision making and considers not just roads, but the entire transportation system. Low cost efficiencies in operating highways, ferries, transit and rail, and reducing travel demand save money and avoid building costly new capacity.

Community engagement is a key factor in helping to develop Practical Solutions. Practical Solutions are found when all stakeholders work together to identify the purpose of action, assess data from all parts of the system, and examine a range of options before investment decisions are made. A new Corridor Sketch process is being used to present a range of strategies developed through performance-based planning. WSDOT is working on developing these sketches across the state to identify practical strategies and solutions that reflect a community’s character.

Recent WSDOT design policy and technical guidance focuses on creating tools and procedures that support the type of performance-based decisions that are consistent with the Practical Solutions approach. WSDOT staff is expected to evaluate and document the tradeoffs associated with difficult design decisions, considering the implications of these decisions, and leveraging early opportunities to identify and incorporate innovative designs.

WSDOT has implemented supporting policies and training for our workforce and is using new tools to keep our existing assets in good condition. The Practical Solutions approach will continue to evolve as WSDOT works with our partners, communities, citizens and businesses to find ways to bring low cost, effective solutions to keep transportation vital for generations to come.