SR 240 - Richland Corridor Improvements - Project survey 2 results

Thank you to everyone who participated in our second survey that launched November 29, 2018, The goal of the survey was to get feedback on possible solutions to the corridor issues. 1,044 people took part in the survey so far from November 29, 2018 through January 7, 2019.

Respondents were able to select one option out of a few available in the survey questions.

  • How often do you travel the SR 240 corridor between I-182 and the SR 225 intersection?
    • 63% of respondents travel the SR 240 corridor between five and seven days a week
    • Some respondents travel the route infrequently 7% once a week and 7% once a month

 

  • Do you work, do business or live near the SR 240 corridor?
    • 94% of respondents work (70%), live (45%), or do business (28%) near the corridor

 

  • WSDOT wants to alleviate traffic issues along the SR 240 corridor. A large mobility project takes a long time to find funding, to design and to construct. According to respondent’s highest and lowest priorities for the corridor from Stevens Drive to the north at SR 225, the following options are ranked order from the option most desired to the option least desired.
    • Add lanes on SR 240 between SR 225 and Stevens Drive/Jadwin Avenue
    • Add passing lanes on SR 240
    • Build the Red Mountain interchange east of Benton City and improve connectivity to SR 224 and West Richland
    • Connect Kingsgate Way and Robertson Drive via the local road system

 

  • According to respondents' highest and lowest priorities for the corridor from Stevens Drive to I-182, the following options are ranked order from the option most desired to the option least desired.
    • Build a bridge across the Columbia River near the Richland WSU campus to Pasco
    • Construct a fly-over ramp(s) at Aaron Drive
    • Build grade separations at intersections
    • Construct a new parallel street (Queensgate to Kingsgate)
    • Add high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes between Stevens Drive/Jadwin Avenue and I-182
    • Add lanes on side streets

 

  • Improving the operation of a highway can help reduce congestion. According to respondents' highest and lowest priorities for the corridor, the following options are ranked in order from the option most desired to the option least desired
    • Program traffic signals to favor through traffic on SR 240
    • Modify existing lanes for reversible lanes for morning and evening commutes
    • Add turn lanes (left or right) from the mainline
    • Add acceleration and deceleration lanes at intersections (added room to speed up and down)
    • Convert an existing lane to a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane during morning and evening commutes
    • Restrict some turning movements at intersection (right-in/ right-out)
    • Program traffic signals to favor side streets traffic

 

  • WSDOT wants to improve safety performance on SR 240 between I-182 and SR 225. According to respondents' highest and lowest priorities for the corridor, the following options are ranked in order from the option most desired to the option least desired
    • Widen shoulders for emergencies and enforcement
    • Increase speed limits
    • Increased enforcement (speeds and signal running)
    • Decrease speed limits

 

  • WSDOT wants to improve bicycle and pedestrian access on SR 240 between I-182 and SR 225. According to respondents' highest and lowest priorities for the corridor, the following options are ranked in order from the option most desired to the option least desired
    • Extend the existing non-motorized trail northwest to Kingsgate Way (it currently ends at Stevens Drive)
    • Install barrier to better protect pedestrians and bicyclists
    • Improve the bike path east of SR 240 on Van Giesen Street
    • Improve pedestrian facilities between West Richland and Richland
    • Improve detection systems for bicyclists at stoplights to reduce delay on SR 240
    • Improve bicycle facilities at park and rides

 

  • What would you like us to know about your experience traveling along the SR 240 corridor?
    • Respondents noted that frequent stops on SR 240 and aggressive behavior by other drivers are primary concerns
    • Respondents suggested that improving the timing of lights along the corridor and increasing enforcement of speeding and reckless driving would improve their experience.

 

  • Please select all the ways that you might be interested in traveling on any section of SR 240 between I-182 and SR 225 if conditions were different:
    • 97% drive or ride in a passenger car
    • 8.3% walk
    • 16% bike
    • 15% carpool
    • 7% vanpool
    • 3% bus

 

  • What would need to change for you to be willing to try walking on any section of SR 240 between I-182 and SR 225? Please select all that apply:
    • 88% if there was on a pedestrian walkway
    • 23% If there was less traffic
    • 33% If I was only traveling a short distance
    • 9 % Other (includes slower speed limits, lighting and emergency call boxes)

 

  • What would need to change for you to be willing to try biking on any section of SR 240 between I-182 and SR 225? Please select all that apply:
    • 83% If there was a bike lane and/or route
    • 25% If there was less traffic
    • 24% If I was only traveling a short distance
    • 17% Other (includes physical barriers, bike lanes, and safer drivers)

 

  • Below are the barriers ranked by the most popular to least popular to people willing to try carpooling or vanpooling of any section of SR 240 between I-182 and SR 225? Please select all that apply:
    • 34% I have too many errands to run before or after work
    • 34% Other (includes scheduling variable, connection to mass transit, no one to carpool with)
    • 29% I have no place to catch a ride close to home (park and ride lot)
    • 22% I don’t know how to get star
    • 9% It’s too expensive

 

  • What would need to change for you to be willing to try riding the bus on any section of SR 240 between I-182 and SR 225? Please select all that apply:
    • 59% There isn’t a bus stop close to where I live and or work
    • 38% Other (includes faster commute, more frequent service, extended hours and fewer transfers)
    • 12% I have too many errands to run before or after work
    • 9% I don’t know how to get started
    • 2% It’s too expensive

 

  • Do you or would you prefer to telework or adjust your work shift (flexible start/stop times)?
    • 28% I telework or adjust my work shift now for my trips
    • 37% I would like to telework or adjust my work shift, but do not
    • 36% I will not telework or adjust my work shift

 

  • If you would like to telework or adjust your work shift, but do not, please select the reason:
    • 55% My employer will not allow these options
    • 32% My job type does not allow this
    • 5% I don’t know how to get started
    • 9% Other

 

The survey is still open. We'd like to receive feedback on potential infrastructure improvements, operational enhancements and transportation demand management strategies. Take the survey.