State forking over money to aid North Bend, Wash., parking issue

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Truck parking has been a hot topic in North Bend, Wash., with the city council getting closer to making permanent an amendment that will stop all future development of parking spaces. With a city council meeting slated for March 15, new information from State Representative Jay Rodne may change the course of action.

In an email obtained by Land Line, Rep. Rodne verified that the state was “able to secure an appropriation in this session’s supplemental transportation budget for the city of North Bend to fund road improvements at this truck stop due to the wear and tear on local arterials.” In other words, North Bend may get the money they have been asking for.

Senate Bill 6307, a Washington state transportation appropriations bill, sets aside funding for the city of North Bend. Specifically, the bill will provide North Bend with $100,000 for local street overlay in North Bend in 2017-2019.

One of the concerns expressed by the North Bend Planning Commission was the burden of cost that would stem from more truck parking. Commission members were worried about the wear and tear of local roads and felt the state or federal government should step up. North Bend officials – from council members up to the mayor – claimed that efforts to reach out to the state government have been ignored.

With the Senate bill in the Rules Committee, will North Bend shelve the amendment?

North Bend city officials and councilmembers did not return requests for comment. However, there will be an opportunity for citizens to provide input and comments at the next city council public hearing on Tuesday, March 15.

The public hearing will take place 7 p.m. at the Mount Si Senior Center in North Bend. Those who cannot attend can send comments via email to Soppedal@NorthBendWa.gov. All comments must be submitted by 4 p.m. on March 14.

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North Bend public hearing leaves 'glimmer of hope' for truck parking
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City at 'pivotal point' near Snoqualmie shuns increasing truck parking

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