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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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This page provides information
on projects that our department is building today (Construction), projects
we are designing for future construction (Design), and projects we are planning
on building once funding is obtained (Planning & Programming).
Once a Public Works projected is designed and bid documents have been prepared, it is ready for construction.
Public Works starts this process by advertising for a contractor, unless it is a project that our own
forces have the expertise to build. After the workers are signed-on, the physical construction of the
The construction work is performed under the supervision of the County's Construction Manager.
For persons wishing to bid on a construction project, please contact the Kittitas Public Works Department
(Contact) for plans and specifications.
Once Public Works projects are identified, staff begins design. Staff must consider any grant requirements, environmental issues, right-of-way, acquisitions, and expected schedule. While County staff handles most aspects of the design, the expertise of an engineering consultant is often used. All work is performed under the supervision of the County Engineer.
The first step in developing a Public Works project is to identify what is most needed and can be reasonably
funded. This is referred to as the planning and programming phase. Planning and programming projects
is performed under the supervision of the Transportation Manager.
Public Works uses traffic data, documentation of maintenance problems, geometric information, and many
other resources when planning for future projects. All of the identified improvements are then rated
with the highest priority given to those that would provide the greatest benefit to the public. The
top projects that have a dedicated or likely funding source are programmed in the Six-Year Transportation
Plan and Annual Construction Program. The overall goals and policies for the County's transportation
system and potential projects for the next twenty years are described in the County's Long Range Transportation
Most projects in the Planning stages are shown only by a location map as they are still being developed.
Kittitas County shows the transportation improvements it plans on making during the next six years in
its Six-Year Transportation Plan. The main source of funding for projects listed in the Six-Year TIP
is the County Road Fund. This fund is generated partly by County property tax paid by Kittitas County
property owners and motor vehicle fuel tax designated for Kittitas County. Additionally, various State
and Federal transportation grants finance road projects.
The first year of improvements are also summarized in another report called the Annual Construction
Program. It is updated at least once a year in coordination with the Six-Year Transportation Improvement
The Long Range Transportation Plan presents an overview of the County's transportation system and provides
strategies and guidance for transportation improvements during the current 20-year period. It also provides
detailed information for the Kittitas County Comprehensive Plan, and is updated about once every 7 years
coinciding with the County's Comprehensive Plan update. Kittitas County also participates in the Quad
County Regional Transportation Organization called QUADCO, whose Regional Transportation Plan is included
below for further information.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.