A request for proposal for a consultant to create a Transportation Management Plan (TMP) for Sammamish was green-lighted Saturday at the annual retreat.
A TMP for a 20-30 year vision will be a first for the City.
This differs from the Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), a legal requirement under state law for projects needed for growth and traffic concurrency standards.
It will include connectivity, sidewalks, bike lanes, the possibility of new east-west and north-south routes.
Coordination with Redmond, Issaquah, King County, the State and Sound Transit will also be examined.
Looking beyond growth
“The vast majority of projects that the city has spent on roads are growth-related,” said John Cunningham, a traffic consultant to the City. He was the Public Works director for many years until his retirement.
“There are other projects you want to get done: connectivity, sidewalks, bike lanes. Sahalee Way is a concurrency-related project. You have to do that project. You’ve been trying to find ways around doing that project for a year or more. The only way to do that is to change your level of service. This Master Plan is the place to do that,” he said.
“We want an integrated, holistic look,” said Council Member Ramiro Valderrama. “When we talk concurrency, we’re not talking about more through-put. There are transit solutions and safety.
“A real concern I have is we’re an island. We don’t want to improve our roads and rush down to the borders and stop. We need to be able to deal with the state, Redmond, Issaquah and the County,” he said.