Transforming our state's transportation system for the 21st century
Matt Preedy describes the new SR 99 on-ramp
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WSDOT's leadership has positioned the agency to move forward despite uncertain future revenue levels.
Changes are taking place thoughout the agency in an ongoing process of transforming our state's multi-modal transportation system and the agency itself in reliable, responsible and sustainable ways to meet future needs and demands.
Our vision and goal is to:
- Achieve a sustainable core workforce that avoids costly and disruptive staffing-level fluctuation.
- Remain an employer of choice - our employees will continue to have opportunities for meaningful, productive work.
- Become smaller and more flexible while retaining our core competencies.
- Continue delivering transportation investment programs and services with accountability and efficiency.
Our strategies include:
- Reducing our Highway Construction Program workforce by 800 FTEs by 2015. Based on 2008 staffing levels, we will reduce WMS positions by 34 percent and classified positions by 36 percent.
- Consolidating offices and functions - we will have reduced the number of project offices from 52 in 2008 to 35 by 2015, a 33 percent reduction.
- Sharing resources and positions with specialized expertise across region boundaries
Our current workforce levels are not supported by future transportation revenue
We are successfully delivering $15.5 billion in improvements to the transportation system. Yet much of this work will soon be completed and we recognize the need and opportunity to prepare and size WSDOT for the future.
Our Highway Construction program is getting smaller:
- We expect a 44 percent budget reduction will occur between the current 2011-2013 biennium, and 2013-2015 biennium
- The 2003 and 2005 gas taxes (14.5-cents) funded 421 specific projects, of which 305 (as of October 2011) are now completed or under construction
- These 421 projects were nearly 100-percent bonded, so these funds are committed to paying off the bond debt for the next 25 to 30 years.