Traffic on 140th Avenue SE and SE Petrovitsky Road in unincorporated King County.
Arterial Classification System
Arterial functional classification is the organization of a road system into groups according to the “function” each road serves or is intended to serve. The main functions for any road are 1) to provide mobility for users and, 2) to provide access to adjacent land uses. The degree to which the road serves movement of traffic or access to adjacent land uses is the basis for its functional classification.
Arterial functional classification is used in transportation planning, roadway design and allocation of road improvement funds. In unincorporated King County, there are three types of arterial roadways:
Principal arterials—Provide for movement across and between large subareas of an urban region and serves predominantly "through traffic" with minimum direct service to abutting land uses.
Minor arterials—Provide for movement within the larger subareas bound by principal arterials. A minor arterial may also serve "through traffic" but provides more direct access to abutting land uses than does a principal arterial.
Collector arterials—Provide for movement within smaller areas which are often definable neighborhoods, and which may be bound by arterials with higher classifications. Collectors serve very little "through traffic" and serve a high proportion of local traffic requiring direct access to abutting properties. Collector arterials provide the link between local neighborhood streets (i.e. non-arterials) and larger arterials.
The majority of the roads in the King County road system are not designated as arterials and function as local neighborhood streets.
The Arterial Functional Classification Map PDF 335KB is a component of the King County Comprehensive Plan (Technical Appendix C – Transportation), and is reviewed periodically for system changes. Changes to the arterial classification are handled through the Comprehensive Plan review and adoption process. The Comprehensive Plan is normally reviewed annually, with a major update scheduled every eight years, and a midpoint limited update every four years. Citizens can request changes to the Comprehensive Plan through the formal "Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docketing process".