Definitive standards for road approaches on modified access controlled highways
shall be as follows:
The type of approach
for each parcel shall be commensurate with the present and potential land use
and be based on appraisals which consider the following:
(i) Local comprehensive plans, zoning and
land use ordinances.
covenants and/or agreements.
City or county ordinances.
highest and best use of the property.
(v) Highest use and best use of adjoining
(vi) Change in use by merger
of adjoining ownerships.
other factors bearing upon proper land use of the parcel.
The type of approaches* to be considered
(i) Type A (residential).
(ii) Type B (farm).
(iii) Type C (special use).
(iv) Type D (commercial single 50 feet
(v) Type E (commercial
double 30 feet width).
(c) Once established, the type, size and
location of the approach may be modified by the secretary of transportation or
(d) When Type D or E
approaches have been established, interim use of Type A or B approaches will be
number and location of approaches on a modified access control highway shall be
carefully planned to provide a safe highway compatible with present and
potential land use. The following will be applied:
(a) Parcels which have access to another
public road or street as well as frontage on the highway will not normally be
allowed direct access to the highway.
(b) Approaches located in areas where sight
limitations create undue hazard shall be relocated or closed.
(c) The number of access openings shall be
held to a minimum. Access openings are limited to one approach for each parcel
of land with the exception of extensive frontages where one approach is
unreasonable or for Type E approaches which feature separate off and on
(d) Joint use of access
approaches shall be considered, where feasible.
(e) New approaches will be considered at the
time of plan adoption to prevent a physical "landlock" by reason of access
Existing access points
not meeting the test of these rules as described in this section, will be
*Refer to WAC