Bridges and Roads Task Force explores financial solutions

Members of the King County Bridges and Roads Task Force meeting in August 2015.

Members of the King County Bridges and Roads Task Force meeting in August 2015.

The King County Bridges and Roads Task Force started meeting in August to identify solutions for maintaining and preserving our aging bridge and road system in unincorporated King County. The system for funding maintenance, operation, and replacement of bridges and roads in unincorporated King County hasn’t been revisited in nearly 30 years, and it no longer works. Nearly three decades of annexations, limits on road property tax revenues, declining gas tax revenues, and the effects of voter initiatives have led to the chronic underfunding of today – where it is predicted that some bridges and portions of our roads may have to be restricted or closed as they become unsafe. We need long-term regional solutions to get our roads back on track.

We look forward to the Bridges and Roads Task Force identifying sustainable solutions to connect communities and help keep the county moving. The task force meets for the last time on January 20th 2016. Recommendations generated from the task force will be submitted to Executive Dow Constantine, the King County Council and legislators.

Visit the task force webpage to learn about the members, watch presentations, check the upcoming schedule and read meeting minutes. A Final Report will also be posted in early January.