WSDOT Engineers are currently exploring small, intersection-related projects on US 195 between Hatch Road and Interstate 90. The latest design concepts are available.
Previously, in the late 1990's, the Department extracted concepts from the Value Engineering Study, to design and develop plans for this corridor. On May 29, 2002, a Design & Access hearing was held, leading to the approval of these Limited Access Plans in December 11, 2002. The only project funded and constructed under that plan was the Cheney-Spokane Road Interchange.
No right of way, design, or construction funding is currently allocated for additional improvements noted under the 2002 plan.
Why is WSDOT
proposing improvements on the US 195 corridor?
As part of the National Highway System, US 195 supports an array of transportation demands including international, interstate, and interregional commerce. This highway is the regional transportation link of people and goods between Lewiston, Idaho and Spokane, Washington.
Throughout the corridor there are numerous locations where growth is anticipated, primarily in the form of residential developments. The increased traffic associated with this growth will continue to intensify congestion and traffic safety concerns.
The End Result
The proposed full project would eliminate the existing at-grade intersections and provide interchanges at Hatch Road, Meadowlane Road and Cheney-Spokane Road. WSDOT is proposing a "New City Street Network System". This network of streets will allow motorists alternative routes other than US 195 to access Spokane's City Center and other local neighborhoods along US 195. The separation of this local and regional traffic will provide a constant movement of traffic, with fewer accidents occurring on US 195.
• This project would provide the capacity necessary to accommodate City of Spokane planned growth of the Latah Valley.
• The City has targeted 50% of its residential growth in the next 20 years within the corridor.
• This project will accommodate the expansion of transit service into this area as the residential population increases. This project provides multiple pedestrian/bicycle facilities through the corridor.
What is the project timeline?
Sept. 2016-Current Efforts-Engineers are working on small intersection improvements.
January 1999, a Value Engineering Study was held to evaluated ways to: improve safety and operations, reduce environmental impacts, save costs and lessen problems for the traveling public.
Right-of-way plans are complete.
Design/Limited Access Hearing was held on May 29, 2002
Limited Access Plans approved December 11, 2002.
The main corridor project is not funded :
- Unfunded Amount Needed - $106,043,926 (2002 estimate)
How can I get more information?
For detailed information about this project contact:
E-mail comments and questions to: mailto:US195Project@wsdot.wa.gov
Chad Simonson, Project Engineer
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA 99207
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