On December 4, 2020, Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) awarded $550,000 Rural Community Support Program grant funding to 4 local transportation projects to be implemented between 2022 and 2025. The Council selected priority projects that will make the transportation system safer for all users, improve the efficiency of the transportation network, repair or replace aging infrastructure, and support active transportation. Read news release >>
Sidewalk Replacement on Main Street between 6th and 7th Streets
Agency: Town of Bucoda
Grant Request: $137,500
Match: No match
Total Cost: $137,500
Phase: Design & Construction
Location: Main Street between 6th & 7th
Funding Priorities: Safety; Maintenance & Preservation; and Multimodal Efficiency
Bucoda's central business area is centered on Main Street. The sidewalk between 6th and 7th Avenue traverses the town's most popular destinations including Liberty Market, Joe's Place, Bucoda's Town Hall and Community Center, and the Post Office. The aging sidewalk is in poor condition. Cracks and irregular surfaces create tripping and fall hazards. This proposal will replace approximately 308 feet of sidewalk, add planter strips, illumination, and improve stormwater conveyance along this well-traveled block. The project will improve public safety, improve the appearance of Main Street, and enhance the core business area's sense of place.
Location: Intersection of SR507 and Myer Street SE
Funding Priorities: Safety; Multimodal Efficiency; and Active Transportation
The current intersection configuration at Myers Street SE and SR507 does not have pavement markings or warning signs to alert traffic of pedestrian crossings at this intersection. Pedestrians crossing at this location must time their crossing with gaps in the traffic and must climb a berm on the north side of the roadway to access the Yelm-Tenino Trail. Traffic at this intersection is also in a transition area where traffic leaving town is accelerating to 50 MPH and cars entering are decelerating to the posted 30 MPH. This project will increase driver and pedestrian safety by installing two ADA compliant curb ramps, plastic crosswalk markings, Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon’s(RRFB's), and an asphalt path that connects to the Yelm-Tenino Trail. Current development of multifamily housing in the adjacent subdivision will increase both pedestrian and vehicle traffic at this intersection.
Funding Priorities: Safety; Maintenance & Preservation; Multimodal Efficiency; and Active Transportation
The project area, lying between the Post Office and a new Cider Mill, and just north of Tenino City Hall and Fire District #12, is an area of heavy foot traffic. Many people park their cars in this location and then walk to various other points in the downtown area. Since many of Tenino's citizens are elderly, the uneven surfaces are difficult to navigate. This proposal would address the surface condition; lack of sidewalks, curbs, and gutters; lack of drainage; and general appearance of Hodgden Street from the intersection of Sussex Avenue to a point approximately 115 feet north of the intersection. The City will repair the sidewalks along the north side of Sussex Avenue on either side of Hodgden Street for 50 feet in both directions.
Location: 12310 Yelm Highway SE, Nisqually Indian Reservation
Funding Priorities: Active Transportation
The RCSP grant will be used to supplement other grant funds the Nisqually Indian Reservation is seeking to construct a new Elders Center. The new Elders Center is will be collocated with a new Health Clinic that is currently under construction. Siting these facilities close to a new multi-family residential housing area moves the Nisqually Indian Reservation closer to its vision to consolidate its major community destinations and services on the north side of State Route 510. The Elders Center design includes sidewalks and pathways to provide safe and convenient walking routes for Tribal residents accessing these community facilities and services. The RCSP grant will fund a portion of these future pedestrian improvements.