Wash. Transportation Package may negatively impact local road projects

CLARKSTON, WA - Asotin County leaders are voicing their concern against a $12-billion transportation package.

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus presented a new transportation package on Thursday in Olympia. It would create significant changes to state road projects. This, in hopes of shifting funding to reduce high congestion in populated areas.

But Public Works Director, Jim Bridges said it would negatively impact local road projects, only allowing for roughly $700,000 of state funding a year to each county.

"Our needs aren't any less then their needs," said Bridges. "As a matter of fact I believe our needs are greater because those vehicle trips that they account for on state highways start on local roadways. They don't start on a state highway they start on a local road."

The county commission is endorsing a letter that Bridges is sending to our local representatives.