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Right-of-Way Local Public Agency Program - Best Management Practices

Coordination between FHWA, WSDOT & Local Public Agencies

WSDOT accomplishes key project construction elements while simultaneously maximizing eligibility for Federal funding and coordinating local plans and input through the agency's organization and governance structure, and transportation planning process. These two items, maximizing federal funding and coordinating local plans are instrumental in the success of the WSDOT/local agency relationship model.

The Washington State Transportation Commission sets transportation goals and policies in Washington State. It accomplishes and coordinates the element of State Policy and planning and ultimate project selection. This seven-member Commission is empowered to:

The Transportation Commission appoints the Secretary of Transportation, who serves as WSDOT's executive. WSDOT is organized into executive staff, five-service centers, three modal divisions, and six regional organizations. Two of the service centers and all regional organizations play key roles, vital to understanding this coordinated planning process. The Environmental and Engineering Service Center incorporates the RES Division (ROW activities). The Olympia Service Center (OSC) Coordination Manager resides in this Division. This position manages the Local Agency Oversight Program, supports the coordinators, and provides training, technical assistance and support of the local agencies.

A second key service center is the Highways & Local Programs Service Center. This center exists to assist the local agencies on all facets of their federally funded projects. At the regional level, the Local Programs office is directly responsible for local agencies that use federal funds on transportation projects. Therefore, these parties provide the role of oversight, technical assistant, midcourse adjustment and correction. Additionally, these parties ensure regulatory compliance for funding eligibility. The regional engineer also serves as a technical advisor to the local agencies for all engineering aspects of the projects. The engineers and support staff are located in each of the six regional offices. They report to the Region Administrators but are key regional support for the Highways & Local Programs Service Center.

The study was conducted by Quality Environmental Professionals, Incorporated (QEPI), of Indianapolis, Indiana, under contract with the Federal Highway Administration Office of Real Estate Services. Principal Investigator for QEPI was Deborah E. Peters.

The cooperation of the Washington State Department of Transportation and their local public agencies is gratefully acknowledged.

This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the Department of Transportation in the interest of information exchange. The United States Government assumes no liability for its contents or use thereof. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.

Updated: 9/5/2014
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