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Washington's Complete Streets & Main Street Highways Program: Case Studies and Practice Resource

Description: Complete Streets is a national movement that promotes accessibility for all users. Typical Complete Streets components accommodate pedestrians, bicycles, transit users, personal vehicle and freight trucks. A growing number of communities in Washington State and nationwide have existing Complete Streets policies or ordinances. Washington State passed a Complete Streets Bill (HB 1071) that went into effect July 2011, creating a program that would provide grants to communities that met appropriate criteria.

Washington State is initiating a Grant Program that would provide a funding source for Complete Streets and Main Street Highways projects. There are 500 miles of Main Streets in Washington State that are also State Highways. Complete Streets and Main Street Highways treatments must be context-specific based on size, location, and community needs. The Complete Streets and Main Street Highways conversation is a continuum, encompassing a range of project size, scope, and systems.

  • Date Published: November, 2011
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 780.1
  • Last Modified: October 19, 2011
  • Authors: Jim Nicholls, Stacy Cannon, Sara Duffy, Rory Stevens.
  • Originator: University of Washington. Office of Sponsored Programs
  • # of Pages: 66p., 3.61 mb (PDF)
  • Subject: City planning, Transportation planning, Public policy, Streetscape, Arterial highways, Context sensitive design, Planning and design, Case studies, Grant aid.
  • Keywords: Complete streets, main street highways, community design, project delivery.
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