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In order to improve the safety, mobility, and accessibility of state highways, the Washington State legislature directed Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to incorporate the principles of complete streets in state transportation projects and to plan, design, and construct facilities that provide street access with all users in mind, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation users. This new requirement was passed as part of the Move Ahead Washington package in the 2022 legislative session and is effective for state transportation projects starting design on or after July 1, 2022 with a project cost of $500,000 or more. This provides a tremendous opportunity to fill in gaps in the active transportation network and build partnerships between WSDOT and local jurisdictions to provide mobility options and increased quality of life in communities across the state. Come learn how complete streets are being implemented in state transportation projects in Washington, and the recipe for implementation that is leading to transformative changes.

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Celeste Gilman is the Strategic Policy Administrator based in WSDOT's Active Transportation Division and has led the implementation of Complete Streets for state transportation projects since the passage of the new requirement in the Move Ahead Washington package. Celeste has held a number of roles at WSDOT, including Transportation and Land Use Policy Advisor and Deputy Director of the Regional Transit Coordination Division. Prior to joining WSDOT, Celeste led the University of Washington's award-winning sustainable transportation programs, helping Huskies choose to use non-drive alone modes for 80% of their trips to campus. Celeste has over twenty years of experience in sustainable transportation and has shared her expertise locally, nationally, and internationally.


Transportation agencies -- Washington (State), Transportation -- Plannning, Pedestrian safety


Transportation | Urban Studies and Planning

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Bringing Complete Streets to Reality in State Transportation Projects