Complete Streets

Learn how we are creating a system that enables comfortable, convenient access for all types of transportation options - walking, biking, driving and riding transit.

Play a video introduction to Complete Streets at WSDOT.

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. A transportation system that accommodates all forms of transportation is more accessible, comfortable, economical, sustainable and efficient in the travel space provided.

Complete Streets means planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining the transportation system that enables comfortable and convenient access to destinations for all people, and includes specific requirements for the pedestrian, bicyclist and transit rider experience. It is an approach to making our transportation system work for all of us, strengthening communities, expanding options for non-drivers, and making travel more predictable for everyone. Planning and designing Complete Streets projects uses a set of tools or treatments with a focus on the pedestrian and bicyclist level of traffic stress, connectivity, route directness and a safe system approach.

Complete Streets at WSDOT

In 2022, the Washington State Legislature added a Complete Streets requirement in RCW 47.04.035. This directs WSDOT that “in order to improve the safety, mobility and accessibility of state highways, it is the intent of the Legislature that the department must incorporate the principles of complete streets with facilities that provide street access with all users in mind, including pedestrians, bicyclists and public transportation users” and "integrate the state route into the local network" for “state transportation projects starting design on or after July 1, 2022 and that are $500,000 or more.”

An image showing various transit equity benefits of Complete Streets. An image of people using a multimodal street includes blurbs noting these benefits.

Complete Streets is delivered through existing project delivery at WSDOT. State transportation projects need to be screened to determine if they are subject to the Complete Streets requirement. Contact the relevant region lead to coordinate screening.

After screening if Complete Streets applies, the next step will be pre-design, including community engagement, that will inform any necessary changes to scope, schedule and project budget. Projects with Complete Streets requirements will then be designed and delivered through the standard agency process building off the pre-design work and design requirements outlined in the agency Design Manual.


Connect with a Complete Streets region lead

WSDOT regions (PDF 507KB)

Recent presentations and sample of projects

Complete Streets requirements are delivered through regular WSDOT project delivery processes and not through a central prioritized approach. All Complete Streets projects with active project websites can be found at ‘Search Projects’:

Connected Agency Work

Complete Streets is connected to and supports many other agency goals and plans in addition to the specific requirements of the legislation, including:

Other Complete Streets programs and policies in Washington State

166,800 electric vehicle

registrations in Washington in 2023, up from 114,600 in 2022.

87 wetland compensation sites

actively monitored on 918 acres in 2023.

25,000 safe animal crossings

in the Snoqualmie Pass East Project area since 2014.