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Strategic Plan for Road Services (SPRS)

SPRS update is approved

The Metropolitan King County Council's Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee approved an update to the Strategic Plan for Road Services in July 2014. In June, Road Services Director Brenda Bauer presented on the SPRS Update at the committee – view her presentation (.pdf) and read the related RoadWise blog.

The July committee hearing and approval of the motion to update the plan was the final step in the public process.


The Road Services Division manages roads and bridges outside of cities in the unincorporated areas of King County. The system has approximately 1,500 miles of roads and 182 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 SPRS 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 provide a more accurate assessment of service levels, and better guidance for addressing system failures. The updated plan has informed the development of the division’s biennial budget for 2015-16.

Road Services Division 2019-2020 Line of Business Plan

Lines of Business Plans are used by King County leaders to “check” operational performance and to support problem solving. Strategic plans, such as the Strategic Plan for Road Services (2014) Update, are implemented operationally through each agency's biennium Line of Business Plan.

Critical safety work remains the top priority for 2019-2020. With insufficient funds for a full preservation program or timely replacement of infrastructure, available revenues are focused on reacting to the higher risks associated with the deteriorating road system.

Top "products" we deliver, like roadways, bridges, drainage, traffic control and roadside features, are matched with what county residents expect, like a smooth road surface, open lanes, no standing water and vegetation that doesn't interfere with use. The 2019-2020 Roads Line of Business Plan identifies the costs of delivering these conditions and services. New to the 2019-2020 Roads Business Plan is inclusion of a Product Catalog that provides metrics to guide implementation tracking. This helps Road Services to prioritize work with the limited resources it has.

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