Thurston to spend $1.4M grant on road safety improvements


The Thurston Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) authorized the county’s Public Works Department to proceed with its road safety project with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) , amounting to $1,465,000.

Public Works Associate Civil Engineer Bill Richardson said during the August 2 BoCC meeting that the project would improve intersection and roadway safety along various roadways throughout Thurston County.

“The proposed improvements include speed feedback signs, lane narrowing and intersection streetlights,” said Richardson.

The budget for the project will come from the federal grant from WSDOT for the Highway Safety Improvement Program.

The Public Works Department identified the locations for improvement using Thurston’s Local Road Safety Plan, which was developed to “match specific countermeasures to higher risk roadway characteristics.”

Commissioners Tye Menser and Gary Edwards voted in favor of the project, while Commissioner Carolina Mejia was excused from the meeting.

Menser clarified that before agreeing to the project, the BoCC had prior discussions on the Public Work’s execution in the previous meetings.


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