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Road Services - Strategic Plan for Road Services (SPRS) Proposed 2014 Update

SPRS Update Presentation to Council - June 3, 2014  

Opportunity for public input on SPRS

June 3, 2014 - Road Services Director Brenda Bauer presented on the SPRS Update at the County Council's Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee – view her presentation (8MB .ppt) and read the related RoadWise blog.

The committee hearing and presentation was the next step in the public process for the plan and an opportunity for residents to learn more and hear Councilmembers' comments. The committee is scheduled to continue discussion and take action on the strategic plan at a meeting in July. Details will be posted when available.

The Road Services Division manages roads and bridges outside of cities in the unincorporated areas of King County. The system has 1,500 miles of roads and 180 bridges that carry more than 1 million trips per day. These roads—built over many generations—are in increasingly poor condition.

The prior Strategic Plan for Road Services (SPRS) started development in 2008 and was approved by the Council in 2010, and was originally intended to be updated in 2016. However, given the significant decline in revenues for maintenance and preservation of roads and bridges, and resulting service challenges, an update to the 2010 plan was needed.

The proposed 2014 update provides more guidance for managing the decline of the road system and a more refined understanding of system needs and anticipated service levels. Some of this work is informed by the division’s recent efforts to develop an asset management approach to road maintenance and construction. The plan also includes a facility master planning component that looks at the current road maintenance shops and assesses their condition and suitability as the nature of the work and the service area shifts eastward.

Overall, the changes in this plan will provide a more accurate assessment of service levels, and better guidance for addressing system failures. The updated plan will inform the development of the division’s biennial budget for 2015-16.

The proposed 2014 update was submitted by the King County Executive to the Metropolitan King County Council on Friday, March 28, 2014 and the Council is expected to consider the plan in the coming months.

For more information

For more information about the King County Strategic Plan for Road Services, please contact:

Jay Osborne, Manager
Strategic Business Operations Section
King County Road Services Division
201 S. Jackson St.
Seattle, WA 98104

Information from the Road Services Division's website is available to people with disabilities in alternate formats upon request by calling 206-477-3839 or 711 for the TTY relay service.

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Download the Strategic Plan for Road Services Proposed 2014 Update

SPRS 2014 update
Strategic Plan for Road Services Proposed 2014 Update (3MB .pdf)
Executive Summary (61KB .pdf)

Download the 2010 Strategic Plan for Road Services (SPRS)

Strategic Plan for King County Road Services 2010
Strategic Plan for Road Services 2010 (1MB .pdf)
Executive Summary 2010 (286KB .pdf)