WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) have provided an online resource for the public to provide feedback regarding rest area safety.
According to a press release from WSDOT today, June 27th, WSDOT was looking for “travelers, freight haulers, business owners and others to provide feedback on the future of safety rest areas across Washington state.”
This is your opportunity to provide input and help us as we plan for the future. We hope to hear about the unique needs of each of our Safety Rest Area users including motorists, truck drivers, RV owners, volunteers, and tourists. Take our online survey and tell us about how you use Safety Rest Areas and share your ideas.Washington State Department of Transportation
The public’s input will be used to make decisions about the program’s maintenance and operations and to update the WSDOT’s strategic plan for rest areas according to the press release.
A related online open house is being made available through September 5th to provide the public with information about a strategic planning process currently underway to determine if services and assets in place still meet the needs of all users, and to determine what changes are needed in the future. The Safety Rest Area Strategic Plan was reportedly last updated in 2008.
The public will have the opportunity to comment on safety, facility conditions, freight parking, site operations, traveler needs, WSDOT’s free coffee program and funding challenges. WSDOT officials plan to begin writing the draft strategic plan this fall, which will be available for public review and comment. The plan is expected to be finalized in spring 2023.