Community members are invited to provide input and feedback on plans for the Martin Way Corridor in an online public meeting on Thursday, May 12, 5:30 p.m.
As part of the Martin Way Corridor Study conducted jointly by the Thurston Regional Planning Council, Thurston County, the City of Olympia, the City of Lacey and Intercity Transit; the meeting will discuss potential changes to the thoroughfare.
“The purpose of this project is to develop a coordinated vision for the future of Martin Way,” explained the study’s website, “and identify the types of infrastructure improvements, regulatory changes, and other tools that may be necessary to ensure the corridor meets the needs of the community in the future.”
Community members can also participate in the study’s online survey.
The study’s goals, according to the website, involve the following:
The Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) reported that about 40,000 vehicles use the corridor daily, ranging from public transportation, cargo vehicles and private vehicles, pointing out that with traffic going at 40 miles per hour in some places, Martin Way can be “can feel unsafe and unfriendly” to pedestrians and bicyclists who also use the road.
There are also 9,000 residents living along Martin Way, according to the report, with 13,000 jobs; with 3,000 housing units and 6,000 jobs expected over 25 years.
“Corridor residents are more diverse, and more likely to experience poverty and be cost burdened (spending more than 30 percent of household income on housing, including utilities),” TRPC pointed out, “than the overall population in Lacey, Olympia, and Thurston County as a whole.”
The planning council will use the input gathered during the public meeting to form an action plan “to guide future work on the Martin Way Corridor.”
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