Project Highlights - Washington Way Complete Street Project
About the Project
This project is funded by a Federal grant in the amount of $4,794,000 from the National Highway System Asset Management Program. This project aims to maximize the life expectancy of the roadway, improve active transportation options, increase safety and comfort, and reduce traffic incidents.
Thank you to everyone who completed the community survey, visited the open house event last August, and shared your input. After robust engagement with the Longview community and Longview Complete Streets Advisory Committee, City Council has selected a three-lane roadway design with buffered bike lanes for Washington Way.
The final design features a three-lane roadway with buffered bike lanes.
- Pavement improvements throughout Washington Way from Larch St to 34th Avenue.
- Re-stripe Washington Way to improve traffic safety for all users. The new striping will include a travel lane in each direction and a two-way left turn lane at the center.
- Add buffered bike lanes on both sides of the street.
- Upgrade sidewalk ramps to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
- Improve traffic signals and roadway reconfiguration at the intersection of 20th, Kessler, Nichols, 30th and 32nd.
Expected benefits of the roadway reconfiguration
- Reduction of rear-end and left-turn crashes due to a new dedicated left-turn lane.
- Reduced right-angle crashes as side street motorists cross three versus four travel lanes.
- Fewer travel lanes for pedestrians to cross.
- Dedicated bicycle lanes with a buffer to provide a safe and comfortable facility for both recreational and commuter bicyclists.
- Traffic calming and more consistent speeds throughout the corridor.
- A more community-focused, Complete Streets environment that better accommodates the needs of all road users.
Timeline and Construction Considerations
The City contracted with engineering firm Mackay Sposito to provide engineering design services for the project. The project team engaged the community in fall 2022 to share design options and community feedback helped inform the final design selected by City Council. The City expects to begin advertising a construction contract in the fall of 2023.
- Fall 2023: Construction contract advertised and awarded
- 2024: Begin construction with majority of road paving and improvements occurring in the spring and summer
Construction impacts will be determined as design is finalized. Potentially impacted community members can expect continued outreach and engagement with project staff.
The City of Longview is committed to understanding and balancing the needs of all community members. You can have a role in shaping the ultimate design.
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