WSR 19-17-082
[Filed August 21, 2019, 9:21 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amendments to chapter 136-163 WAC, allocation of rural arterial trust account funds to projects.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 36.78 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This proposed amendment to chapter 136-164 [136-163] WAC will eliminate the definition of "emergency project" from the rural arterial program. Emergency projects will be addressed in new chapter 136-500 WAC, Emergency loan program (ELP).
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and comments received will be presented to the county road administration board at their October 24-25, 2019, quarterly meeting.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Karen Pendleton, 2404 Chandler Court S.W., Suite 240, Olympia, WA 98504-0913, phone 360-753-5989, email, web site
August 21, 2019
John M. Koster
Executive Director
Chapter 136-163 WAC
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-01-021, filed 12/7/98, effective 1/7/99)
WAC 136-163-010Purpose and authority.
RCW 36.79.140 provides for the authorization of ((RATA))rural arterial trust account funds for projects of an emergent nature. This chapter describes the manner in which counties may request ((RATA funds))funding for such emergent projects and the manner in which the county road administration board will respond to such requests.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-01-021, filed 12/7/98, effective 1/7/99)
WAC 136-163-020((Definitions.))Project eligibility.
((For the purposes of this chapter, the term "emergent nature" as used in RCW 36.79.140 shall mean both "emergent" and "emergency" projects as follows:
(1) Emergency project: Work of either a temporary or permanent nature which restores roads and bridges to the predisaster condition and may include reconstruction to current design standards. This work is the result of a sudden natural or man-made event which results in the destruction or severe damage to RATA-eligible roadway sections or structures such that, in the consideration of public safety and use, the roadway sections or structures must be immediately closed or substantially restricted to normal traffic. Work of an emergency nature is also beyond the scope of work done by a county in repairing damages normally or reasonably expected from seasonal or other natural conditions, and is beyond what would be considered maintenance, regardless of how extensive the maintenance may be.
(2) Emergent project: RATA-eligible work necessitated by sudden and unanticipated development, growth, access needs, or legal decisions. This work is not the result of an emergency situation as previously defined. This work, in consideration of good transportation capital facilities management, will also require a county to commit resources beyond its current six-year transportation program and prior to the next six-year transportation program annual update as provided for in RCW 36.81.121.))Projects of an emergent nature may be funded through the rural arterial program as authorized by chapter 36.79 RCW. An emergent project is defined as a project whose need the county was unable to anticipate at the time the six-year program of the county was developed. Emergency work to temporarily restore a county road for the short-term use of the traveling public is not eligible for funding as an emergent project; however, a project to permanently repair a county road after an emergency may be considered for funding if the proposed project meets all other requirements of the rural arterial program.
To be eligible for emergent project approval, the project shall be evaluated by the county road administration board grant programs engineer, with the participation of the county engineer, on the same point system as all other projects within the region. The proposed emergent project must rank at or above the regional funding cutoff line on the current array based upon one hundred percent of the current estimated regional allocation as determined by the county road administration board.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-05-009, filed 2/8/01, effective 3/11/01)
WAC 136-163-050Limitations and conditions((Emergency and emergent projects)).
All projects for which ((RATA))rural arterial program funding is being requested under this chapter are subject to the following:
(1) The requesting county has the sole burden of making a clear and conclusive showing that the project is ((either)) emergent ((or emergency)) as described in ((WAC 136-163-020 through 136-163-040))this chapter; and
(2) The requesting county shall clearly demonstrate that the need for the project was unable to be anticipated at the time the current six-year transportation program was developed; and
(3) The requesting county agrees to a reduction in the next funding period's maximum RATA eligibility to the county equal to the RATA that may be provided; however, should that region not have a maximum RATA eligibility for each county, the requesting county agrees to withdraw, amend or delay an existing approved project or portion thereof in an amount equal to the RATA that may be provided for the project.
The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 136-163-030
Limitations and conditions—Emergency projects.
WAC 136-163-040
Limitations and conditions—Emergent projects.