Planning studies

This site features current biennium (July 2019-June 2021) planning studies. If you are unable to find a particular WSDOT planning study, please visit the Washington State Library and/or contact Michel Wendt at the WSDOT Library at 360-705-7710.


US 2 Upper Wenatchee Valley Corridor Transportation Study

This study is a joint effort between North Central Region and the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council to address mobility and safety performance of multimodal travel on US 2 from Coles Corner (MP  84.51) through Leavenworth to Cashmere (MP 110.13). The project team will identify a set of near- and long-term improvements for multimodal travel that include transit, freight, cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The project team will work directly with the public throughout the process to ensure that the imput and concerns of diverse stakeholders understood, considered and directly reflected in the final recommendations.

Nicholas Manzaro, North Central Region Planning Manager | 509-667-2905 |


US 2 West Plains Sub-area Management Plan Phase 1

Eastern Region is leading this study to address the mobility gaps along US 2 between the US 2 and I-90 interchange (MP 283) and the Fairchild Air Force Base entrance (MP 275.33). In order to help alleviate traffic loading directly on to the US 2 corridor, this study looks at other possible parallel frontage road connections for 6th/12th and 18th/21st. This study refines previous studies that have been completed in the West Plains area, which have indicated performance concerns and mobility gaps (congestion) for the US 2 corridor in Airway Heights, as well as a need for a local parallel roadway network. Land use development in the West Plains vicinity is outpacing the available multimodal transportation system in the area. There is a need, particularly in and around US 2, to collaboratively refine past study efforts and plan "practical solutions" using Transportation System Management and Operations (TSMO) low-cost solutions.

Charlene Kay, Region Planning & Strategic Community Manager | 509-324-6190 |
Bonnie Gow, Transportation Planning Specialist | 509-324-6198 |


I-5 Operations and Demand Management Study Analysis

The Northwest Region Mount Baker Area is leading this effort to address several mobility challenges along segments of the I-5 corridor within the urban areas of Bellingham (MP 248.91) and Ferndale (MP 261.49). Congestion occurs regularly during peak travel at the I-5 interchanges and on the connecting regional arterials. WSDOT is conducting this study to understand when and where congestion occurs, and the travel characteristics of users of this section of the I‐5 corridor. WSDOT will use this information to assess the need for operations, demand management strategies, and evaluate their effectiveness.

John Shambaugh, Transportation Planning Specialist  | 360-757-5981 |


I-5 Tacoma Mall Boulevard Access Study

Olympic Region, in partnership with the City of Tacoma, is leading this study to identify strategies, such as alternative routes, to reduce congestion and address future travel demands around the Tacoma Mall area. The study area includes the I-5 and 38th Street interchange (MP 129.10) and local streets. This study is included in the 2019 Transportation Budget (ESHB 1160).

Dennis Engel, Multimodal Planning Manager | 360-357-2651 |
Cara Mitchell, Communications Consultant | 360-357-2703 |


SR 523 145th Street Multimodal Corridor Study

The Management of Mobility Division is coordinating an update to the 145th Street Multimodal Corridor Study (aka SR 523), which was led by the City of Shoreline and completed in 2016. This update will reflect changes to current projects and continued assessment of needs along the entire length of SR 523 from SR 99 (MP 0) to the junction of SR 522 (MP 2.45). This study is included in the Transportation Executive Information System as project L1000148.

Celeste Gilman, Deputy Director WSDOT Regional Transit Coordination Division | 206-464-1219 |
Nazmul Alam, WSDOT Management of Mobility Division Corridor Planning Manager | 206-464-1267 |


SR 240 - Richland Corridor Improvements

Growth in Richland has led to increased congestion at several existing intersections on SR 240 from I-182 (MP34.57) and SR 225 (MP 20.47). South Central is leading to effort to improve safety and mobility performance throughout the transportation network through infrastructure improvements, operational enhancements and transportation demand management strategies. This study is included in the Transportation Executive Information System as project L2000202.

Alex Sanguino, WSDOT Project Engineer | 509-222-2403 |
Summer Derrey, WSDOT Communications | 509-577-1943 |


SR 303 Corridor Study

The City of Bremerton and Olympic Region have launched a comprehensive study of the SR 303 (Warren/Wheaton) corridor. Using the Practical Solutions approach, the study will look at the corridor from Burwell Street to McWilliams, particularly the segments within city limits. The study will recommend safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation options that support livability, investment, and economic vitality for people and businesses. 

Katie Ketterer, Project Manager | 360-473-5334


SR 500/Fourth Plain Operations Study

Southwest Region is studying the intersection of State Route 500 and Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard in Clark County to identify issues affecting safety, mobility, and travel reliability in the corridor. Recent data has identified SR 500 at Fourth Plain Boulevard (MP 4.44) as having the most traffic congestion and motorist delays of any highway intersection in Clark County.

Judith Perez, Transportation Planning Specialist | 360-905-2053 |


SR 518: SR 509 to I-5 - Corridor Planning Study

In 2017, between 73,000 and 131,000 vehicles used SR 518 every day. WSDOT anticipates that considerable growth in nearby communities and the airport will fuel demand and delays at peak travel times. The Management of Mobility Division is leading this study to determine priorities for future highway work or transit service adjustments and  to develop practical, cost-effective concepts to help improve trip reliability and safety along the corridor. This study is included in the 2019 Transportation Budget (ESHB 1160).

Thomas Noyes, Senior Transportation Planner | 206-464-1272 |


I-5 - Tumwater to Mounts Road Corridor Study

Olympic Region, in collaboration with local partners, is studying transportation system performance on I-5 through Tumwater, Olympia, and Lacey. The study area extends from the SR 121/93rd Avenue SE/Tilley Road Interchange in Tumwater (MP 98.68) to Mounts Road, just east of the Nisqually River (MP 116.70). This section of I-5, which transects the Nisqually River delta, experiences congestion, recurring delay, and unreliable travel times. The results of this study will recommend 20-year strategies to address mobility and environmental performance. This study is included in the Transportation Executive Information System as project L1000231.

Dennis Engel, Multimodal Planning Manager | 360-357-2651 |
Karen Parkhurst, TRPC Programs & Policy Director | 360-741-2522
Bradley Bobbitt, Study Staff | 360-357-2790 |


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