County road improvements funded through CRAB come in two styles; pavement preservation through the County Arterial Preservation Program (CAPP), and construction of capacity, geometric, and safety improvement through the Rural Arterial Program (RAP). Both are funded from the statewide fuel tax. Listed here are projects that have been or are being accomplished with these funds.
RAP project funding is used by counties to correct much more than surface and structural problems on county rural arterial roads. The counties submit RAP projects based on safety, geometry, capacity and structural deficiencies. RATA (Rural Arterial Trust Account) funds are then awarded (each biennium) to the highest ranked (worst condition) project submittals in each RAP region. (WAC 136-100).
CAPP funding is limited to preservation of the road structure on county owned arterials. The counties must use a certified Pavement Management System to be eligible for CAPP. The Washington State Treasurer distributes these fuel tax funds directly to the counties every month based on their statewide share of arterial miles. CAPP funds help prevent extensive and costly surface and structural road failures. Listed below are some good examples of how counties use the CAPP (WAC 136-100).
Please contact Grants@Crab for more information.