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By Garth Meyer
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Six-year plan set for county roads


July 26, 2018 | View PDF

Whitman County Commissioners approved a preliminary six-year transportation improvement plan July 16 for the county, updating the annual listing to cover 2019-2024, including a list of continuing projects and new items.

For the next three years, all projects are funded, with money still hoped-for in 2022-24 work.

In 2018, the plan’s listed projects now completed, or being completed, include phase one of bridge ratings – 117 done so far – Farmington Road (asphalt) overlay and Sand Road paving.

Set for 2019 are countywide safety improvements – pavement markings, rumble strips and guardrail – funded from $650,000 in federal money. Also, Almota Road reconstruction, phase four will cover 4.5 miles of the ongoing road reconstruction project.

For 2020, the sole project is Almota Road, Phase Three. The following year, road reconstruction is planned on 3.5 miles of Hume Road south of Oakesdale.

The next three years are not yet paid for.

“The six-year plan is somewhat of a wish list for what we’d like to do, if we can get the funding,” said Mark Storey, Public Works director. “We’ll try to get money for these projects and we’ll see if we’re successful.”

In 2022, the County aims for a countywide sealcoat and an overlay on Warner Road between Oakesdale and Farmington.

Also, Country Club Road south of Pullman is marked to go from gravel to paved.

For 2023 the list includes reconstruction on Pullman Airport Road, Johnson area roads and Johnson Road

In 2024, attention will move to Green Hollow Road near Colfax for reconstruction, and Lamont and Hardy roads (one road that becomes the other), for which work is slated for three-inches of hot mix asphalt.

As county road projects go from the design stage to construction, they often span more than one section of a six-year plan.

“The year we get started is not necessarily the year we finish,” said Storey.

The longest held project on the 2019-24 list is the Pullman Airport Road, which has been on the list for five years.

For now, design and planning is underway on the next three years’ projects.

“We have tons of funding in front of us, we just have to figure out how to build it all,” Storey said.


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