Small City Funding Partnerships: A Report from Washington State

The Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) provides grants for urban capital projects to 320 local government agencies. TIB offers four funding programs for the improvement and maintenance of streets and sidewalks in small cities with population under 5,000. TIB’s Small City Arterial Improvement Program provides grants for reconstruction or new construction of streets and sidewalks. The Small City Sidewalk Program funds sidewalk construction and ADA retrofit. In 2003, the agency developed and funded a paving demonstration program to search for better value and quality in small city maintenance efforts. The resulting TIB “Newstreets” program was built on lessons learned from the demonstration projects. TIB seeks out coordination opportunities with larger paving projects to reduce maintenance costs using economy of scale. Funding levels for all three small city programs run between $5 million and $10 million per year depending upon revenue and project inventory. This paper summarizes practices and successful outcomes of TIB’s small city programs. Particular emphasis is placed on developing efforts to improve efficiency of programs delivered to small cities. For example, TIB recently negotiated an agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to include small city arterial paving in state highway paving contracts with great price advantage. In addition, several small cities will receive a team assessment of transportation needs during summer 2004. The assessment team will prioritize transportation improvements that may then be funded as a package drawing from all three TIB programs. Three planned assessment team efforts will be completed prior to the TRB conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Maps; Tables;
  • Pagination: 8p
  • Monograph Title: Tools of the Trade: 9th National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities, September 22-24, 2004, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01043959
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 9 2007 1:11PM