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City jockeys for regional road funding

City officials are working on recommendations that will better position Federal Way for regional transportation planning and funding.

Staff recommendations request the county council-led regional transportation group not send a regional package to voters before the state general election in November. That’s because the regional transportation plan assumes a state match in funding — which voters won’t be able to pass or fail until November.

If voters fail the state funding package, the regional transportation group won’t be able to afford all the projects, meaning south King County probably would be left out in favor of other projects like the Alaskan Way viaduct or Interstate 405, assistant city manager Derek Matheson said.

“Cities aren’t happy the Legislature put county councils in the driver’s seat,” he said.

The staff recommendation also suggests that as regional discussions move forward, Federal Way projects will be part of the plan, including work on the Triangle, Interstate 5 and South 272nd Street work, future Pacific Highway South work and possibly work on routes used by Federal Way residents, including State Route 167 and Highway 509.

Finally, city officials are recommending the county councils confer with already existing city groups during the project planning process.

“They should use existing committees for input,” Matheson said. “They should be involved in project selection.”

The recommendations will be submitted to the city’s Land Use and Transportation Committee for consideration at its May 6 meeting.

Staff writer Erica Jahn can be reached at 925-5565 and ejahn@fedwaymirror.com

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