PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The current rules do not allow wireless communication sites direct access onto full and partial control limited access highways under any circumstances. The adoption of this rule would provide an immediate avenue for the review and assessment of such access applications to facilitate the provision of wireless communication services to the public.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 47.52.027.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Amendment of this WAC will detail department procedures for regulating wireless communication access to limited access state highways.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: For the interstate system, FHWA is the regulatory authority. The Washington State Department of Transportation is the regulatory authority for limited access state highways.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Darlene Sharar, P.O. Box 47329, Olympia, WA 98504-7329, (360) 705-7251. The proposed rule will go through the public hearing process. Interested parties may request a meeting to discuss the various details of the proposed rule.
February 2, 2003
P. J. Hammond
for John F. Conrad
Engineering and Regional