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Chapter 136-14 WAC

Last Update: 1/29/19

STANDARDS OF GOOD PRACTICE—PRIORITY PROGRAMMING

WAC Sections

HTMLPDF136-14-010Purpose and authority.
HTMLPDF136-14-020Application.
HTMLPDF136-14-030Process.
HTMLPDF136-14-040Application of process.
HTMLPDF136-14-050Certification.
HTMLPDF136-14-060Inventory records.


PDF136-14-010

Purpose and authority.

The requirement to develop and adopt both long range and short range programs as a prerequisite to road construction is established in RCW 36.79.080, 36.81.121 and 36.81.130. Numerous studies have shown that road construction needs far exceed available revenue. Priority programming is the development and application of techniques designed to rank any array of potential projects in order of importance to serve as a guide in assisting a county legislative authority in the formulation of road programs and distribution of limited resources. Priority programming procedures for counties must be adaptable to a wide variety of situations.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 36.78 RCW. WSR 19-04-048, § 136-14-010, filed 1/29/19, effective 3/1/19. Statutory Authority: Chapter 36.79 RCW. WSR 99-01-021, § 136-14-010, filed 12/7/98, effective 1/7/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 36.78.070. WSR 90-07-075 (Order 75), § 136-14-010, filed 3/21/90, effective 4/21/90; Order 16, § 136-14-010, filed 7/22/71.]



PDF136-14-020

Application.

Priority programming techniques shall be applied in the ranking of all potential projects on the road system of each county. They may be applied to all road and bridge projects combined in a single group, or may be applied to individual functional classes of roads and further subdivided into rural and urban systems if desired. Priority programming will not be required, but is recommended, for the local access road system. However, bridges on the local access road system must be included in priority programming.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 36.78 RCW. WSR 19-04-048, § 136-14-020, filed 1/29/19, effective 3/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 36.78.070. WSR 90-07-075 (Order 75), § 136-14-020, filed 3/21/90, effective 4/21/90; Order 16, § 136-14-020, filed 7/22/71.]



PDF136-14-030

Process.

Each county engineer will be required to develop a priority programming process tailored to meet the overall roadway system development policy determined by his or her county legislative authority. Items to be included and considered in the technique for roads shall include, but need not be limited to the following:
(1) Traffic volumes;
(2) Roadway condition;
(3) Geometrics;
(4) Safety and accident history; and
(5) Matters of significant local importance.
The manner in which these various items are treated may vary from county to county.
Bridge priorities shall be established in accordance with WAC 136-20-060. A description of the priority programming technique to be used shall be submitted by each county engineer to the county road administration board.
The county road administration board, upon request, will provide assistance to counties in the development, evaluation or modification of their priority programming process in order to meet the requirements of this rule.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 36.78 RCW. WSR 19-04-048, § 136-14-030, filed 1/29/19, effective 3/1/19. Statutory Authority: Chapter 36.79 RCW. WSR 99-01-021, § 136-14-030, filed 12/7/98, effective 1/7/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 36.78.070 and 36.79.060. WSR 96-17-013, § 136-14-030, filed 8/12/96, effective 9/12/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 36.78.070. WSR 90-07-075 (Order 75), § 136-14-030, filed 3/21/90, effective 4/21/90; Order 3388, § 136-14-030, filed 4/7/72; Order 16, § 136-14-030, filed 7/22/71.]



PDF136-14-040

Application of process.

The priority programming process for roads shall be applied by the county engineer to all potential arterial, collector and bridge projects in the county, and to local access road projects if directed by the legislative authority. The resulting priority array shall be updated not later than the first Monday in October and shall be consulted together with bridge priorities by the county legislative authority and county engineer during the preparation of the proposed six-year transportation program as described in chapter 136-15 WAC.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 36.78 RCW. WSR 19-04-048, § 136-14-040, filed 1/29/19, effective 3/1/19. Statutory Authority: Chapter 36.79 RCW. WSR 99-01-021, § 136-14-040, filed 12/7/98, effective 1/7/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 36.78.070 and 36.79.060. WSR 96-17-013, § 136-14-040, filed 8/12/96, effective 9/12/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 36.78.070. WSR 90-07-075 (Order 75), § 136-14-040, filed 3/21/90, effective 4/21/90; Order 25, § 136-14-040, filed 1/27/75; Order 3388, § 136-14-040, filed 4/7/72; Order 16, § 136-14-040, filed 7/22/71.]



PDF136-14-050

Certification.

In order to assure that priority arrays were available and were consulted during the preparation of the proposed six-year transportation program each year, the resolution of adoption of such program by each legislative authority shall include assurances to this effect. A copy of the adopting resolution shall be forwarded to the county road administration board together with the six-year transportation program.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 36.78.070 and 36.79.060. WSR 96-17-013, § 136-14-050, filed 8/12/96, effective 9/12/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 36.78.070. WSR 90-07-075 (Order 75), § 136-14-050, filed 3/21/90, effective 4/21/90; Order 25, § 136-14-050, filed 1/27/75; Order 16, § 136-14-050, filed 7/22/71.]



PDF136-14-060

Inventory records.

Each priority programming process will be based, at least in part, on existing road conditions. It is required, therefore, that in each county an adequate road inventory system be maintained. The inventory system shall be updated no later than May 1st of each year to reflect work done and improvements made during the previous year in accordance with requirements of chapter 136-60 WAC.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 36.79 RCW. WSR 99-01-021, § 136-14-060, filed 12/7/98, effective 1/7/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 36.78.070 and 36.79.060. WSR 96-17-013, § 136-14-060, filed 8/12/96, effective 9/12/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 36.78.070. WSR 90-07-075 (Order 75), § 136-14-060, filed 3/21/90, effective 4/21/90; Order 16, § 136-14-060, filed 7/22/71.]