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Safety Corridors - Common Questions

We’ve heard you. Here’s what’s next.

What is a safety corridor?
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission, in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State Patrol, designates safety corridors at the request of local communities with the goal of reducing fatal and disabling collisions on roadways with significant safety needs. A task force made up of community groups, businesses, local, state and federal organizations and emergency services organizations provides leadership in identifying and solving problems along the safety corridor.

Roadways chosen to become safety corridors must have local level support and a history of significant collision problems that can be addressed with low-cost, short-term solutions. Once designated as a safety corridor, a roadway is eligible to receive WTSC funding for targeted education, engineering and enforcement efforts.

What’s next?

WSDOT will:

  • Add over 40 miles of rumble strips between Monroe and Stevens Pass
  • Add high-visibility, longer-wear striping between Monroe and Stevens Pass

The $3.9 million in improvements is funded by existing WSDOT funds, $1.5 million from Snohomish County, and $1.7 million from the federal government.

WSP will:

  • Shift resources to provide additional motorcycle, nighttime and air enforcement
  • Provide additional emphasis patrols

The WTSC and the safety corridor task force will:

  • Identify specific safety problems on US 2
  • Develop a strategic plan to address safety problems
  • Implement the plan over an 18-24 month period
  • Regularly review safety data and adjust the plan to achieve safety goals