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Comment Sept. 2 on Arlington's $104 million transportation plans

Arlington Public Works Director Jim Kelly presents the proposed update to the city
Arlington Public Works Director Jim Kelly presents the proposed update to the city's six-year Transportation Improvement Plan to the City Council Aug. 25.
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ARLINGTON — Citizens will be able to submit their comments on Arlington's annual update to its six-year Transportation Improvement Plan during a public hearing at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m.

City Public Works Director Jim Kelly presented the proposed TIP for 2015-20 during the council's Aug. 25 workshop, summarizing road construction projects that would be funded by gas tax monies.

"These are projects that are important to the city, which are in the process of construction, design work or planning," Kelly said. "The newest project on that list is the pavement preservation program."

Kelly described TIP as an adjunct to the city's comprehensive plan, in that it's planning for urban growth by preparing the transportation infrastructure for projected traffic increase.

When council member Jan Schuette asked about the distance between traffic signals that seemed relatively close to each other, Kelly explained that the placement of signals is governed by the traffic itself.

"When they're close enough together, the signals are synchronized to facilitate the flow of traffic," Kelly said.

The 16 listed projects are estimated to cost almost $104 million over the next six years, with 2015 accounting for $3,882,000, including work on the Arlington Valley Road, Highway 531, 173rd Street, the Arlington Trail and the pavement preservation program.

The council is expected to make their final decision on Monday, Sept. 15.

The proposed TIP can be found online at http://arlingtonwa.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=8808.

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