Sumner-Pacific becomes new manufacturing/industrial center

Sumner and Pacific have a new regional manufacturing/industrial center.

The new regional manufacturing/industrial center is on SR 167 in Pierce County.

The new regional manufacturing/industrial center is on SR 167 in Pierce County.

The cities requested designation of the 2,100-acre industrial area at the beginning of the year due to the importance of the area’s proximity to rail, highways, the Port of Tacoma, as well as the key businesses in the area, such as Amazon, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Composite Solutions.

The new center is the first manufacturing/industrial center to be regionally designated in well over a decade and the only regional center beyond Paine Field that is shared by two jurisdictions. It joins eight existing MICs, all designated prior to 2003.

Development within the proposed center could accommodate significant employment growth in an area that is well served by transportation and other public facilities, and its designation as the region’s ninth regional manufacturing/ industrial center would give further support to the cities’ efforts to shape a successful industrial employment area.

The new Sumner-Pacific Manufacturing/Industrial Center is provisionally designated pending completion of a subarea plan by the cities and certification that it meets requirements for center plans.

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Washington State University joins PSRC

PSRC welcomed Washington State University as an associate member today.

The new home for WSU North Puget Sound at Everett is under construction and scheduled to open in fall 2017.

The new home for WSU North Puget Sound at Everett is under construction and scheduled to open in fall 2017.

“We’ve always had a strong partnership between PSRC and Washington State University. WSU has a significant presence in our region, and we look forward to continuing this great partnership,” said Josh Brown, PSRC’s executive director.

WSU is a school of choice for many of the region’s college students with overall enrollment approaching 30,000. The university has a $3.4 billion annual impact on the state’s economy.

WSU is active within each of the region’s counties through its extension programs.

Its growing presence in the region also includes a research center in Puyallup, an engineering program at Olympic College in Bremerton, and WSU North Puget Sound at Everett.

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Local communities planning ahead

This week the Executive Board will take up the last big batch of comprehensive plan updates for jurisdictions in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.

Downtown Granite Falls

Downtown Granite Falls

Plans up for certification:  Arlington, Auburn, Burien, Covington, Darrington, DuPont, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Granite Falls, Lakewood, Maple Valley, Normandy Park, North Bend, Pacific, Pierce County, Puyallup, Ruston, Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Stanwood and Tukwila.

Every city and county within the central Puget Sound region develops a long-term comprehensive plan to shape the future of their community.  PSRC’s role is to help coordinate these planning efforts and ensure the plans are in sync with the region’s VISION 2040 growth strategy.

Kitsap County jurisdictions are working toward a June 2016 deadline and those reviews will be brought to the board next winter.

Also on the Executive Board’s agenda:

  • Designation of the Sumner- Pacific Manufacturing/Industrial Center
  • Associate Membership for Washington State University
  • Routine Amendment to the 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) adding three projects
  • Distribution of $14.4 million in PSRC’s federal funds to 18 projects
  • A change in Transportation 2040 project status for Bellevue’s NE Spring Boulevard project from Candidate to Approved

The Executive Board will meet on April 28, 10 – 11:30 a.m., in PSRC’s Board Room. You can find the full agenda here.

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Per person VMT is down in the region

Despite surging population and job growth since 2010, the region’s total annual vehicle miles traveled has remained fairly flat.

Both total daily VMT and per person daily VMT are down in the region since 2010.

Both total daily VMT and per person daily VMT are down in the region since 2010.

Daily miles driven totaled 21.4 miles per person per day in 2014, levels last seen in the late 1980s and below the peak of 24 miles per person per day in the late 1990s.

Vehicle miles traveled is a measure that demonstrates how much people are traveling throughout the region and the demand for the road system.

The number of vehicle miles traveled has impacts on the amount of traffic as well as ozone and carbon dioxide emitted into the air.

Tracking this measure helps the region’s efforts to address climate change and prepare for the future needs of the transportation system.

Find out more, here.

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There’s a new tunnel underway in the region – in Bellevue

Regional leaders broke ground on the Sound Transit East Link extension today – looking forward to people riding light rail from Seattle to Overlake in Redmond sometime in 2023.

Bellevue Councilmember Conrad Lee applauds as the region's elected leaders break ground on Eastlink.

Bellevue Councilmember Conrad Lee applauds as the region’s elected leaders break ground on Eastlink.

Demolition actually started a couple of weeks ago in prep for tunnel excavation expected in the fall.

At its deepest, the tunnel will be about 60 feet under downtown Bellevue.

It will be dug – not bored – through mostly glacial till via sequential excavation.

Construction starts are planned in Overlake and South Bellevue later this year.

While the entire 14 miles will open in 2023, construction will start in different places at different times to maximize efficiency and minimize impacts on surrounding communities.

While the entire 14 miles will open in 2023, construction will start in different places at different times to maximize efficiency and minimize impacts on surrounding communities.

Construction along all parts of the line – including on I-90 over Lake Washington – is expected to be underway in 2017, after new HOV lanes are up and running.

An estimated eight million craft hours will be required to complete the entire $3.7 billion project, which includes 10 stations.

Former Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci – now on the King County Council – reminded people that regional rail had first been envisioned in the 1960s.

“Soon, people who live or work in Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond will have a new, fast, reliable way to travel across Lake Washington and around our region – out of the traffic that gridlocks our freeways each and every day.” – Claudia Balducci, King County Council

“Soon, people who live or work in Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond will have a new, fast, reliable way to travel across Lake Washington and around our region – out of the traffic that gridlocks our freeways each and every day.” – Claudia Balducci, King County Council

Current Bellevue Mayor John Stokes provided a tour of recent economic development projects throughout the city “which would not have happened without light rail.”

The Mayor’s list included REI’s recent decision to relocate its headquarters to Bellevue, a new Marriott Hotel and the Global Innovation Exchange in the budding Spring District.

Sound Transit anticipates 50,000 daily passengers on the line by 2030.

Looking ahead, King County Executive Dow Constantine noted that a million more people are expected in the region by 2040, mostly living in the urban area from Everett to Tacoma.

He called the urban region “one big city,” and noted work to prepare Sound Transit 3 for voters this fall.


Meeting cancellations due to viaduct closure

The May meetings of the Transportation and Growth Management Policy Boards are canceled due to the viaduct closure and its anticipated traffic impacts.

This map shows the area underneath the viaduct where Bertha will be digging during the closure.

This map shows the area underneath the viaduct where Bertha will be digging during the closure.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has announced the April 29 closure of the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct.

The structure is expected to be closed for about two weeks as the tunnel machine known as Bertha digs below the surface.

The closure will not affect Alaskan Way itself.

The Growth Management Policy Board will meet again on June 2, 2016 at 10 am in PSRC’s Boardroom. Major topics will include the Regional Centers Framework Update, Comprehensive Plan Certification Maintenance, and Lynnwood Regional Center Development.

The Transportation Policy Board will meet again on June 9, 2016 at 9:30 am in PSRC’s Boardroom. Major topics will include King County Bridges and Roads Task Force,  Transportation 2040 Update: Regional Transit Integration Plan, and the ORCA Data Analysis Project.

 


Projects competing for PSRC funds will be presented April 21-22

PSRC has received 36 applications for transportation funding for the 2016 Regional FHWA Competition.

This WSDOT repaving project at I-405 and SR 527 received $676,000 in these funds from PSRC.

This WSDOT repaving project at I-405 and SR 527 received $676,000 in these funds from PSRC.

The $67.25 million in funding is available for projects that are within or connect regional growth or manufacturing industrial centers.

This is a merit based funding competition.

The next step is for project sponsors to present projects to the PSRC scoring team and members of the Regional Project Evaluation Committee.

These 15 minute presentations will include 5-7 minutes for questions.

The schedule is for Thursday, April 21, from 1pm to 5pm and Friday, April 22, from 9am-5pm.

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