The Department has 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.
Our commitment to the citizens of Washington State is to improve the safety and operations (traffic flow) of this section of US 195, through the Latah Valley, from I-90, to the Hatch Road vicinity (near the Spokane City/County Line). In April 2004 this project was analyzed using the "Cost Risk Assessment" process. This examines the project costs and variables assisting in future project budgeting.
Our goal is to finalize designs in order to begin right-of-way acquisitions and begin construction as soon as funds are allocated.
No right of way or construction funding is currently allocated.
Why is WSDOT
improving the US 195 corridor?
There are presently seven major intersections and several minor intersections and driveways with access to the highway along this five-mile section of US 195. Having this number of access points is a problem because as vehicles enter US 195 and mix with the high-speed traffic, they cause it to slow down, consequently diminishing the overall traffic flow and in extreme cases this slowdown causes rear end collisions. Vehicles exiting US 195 are also a safety hazard. Drivers diminish the overall traffic flow when they slow down to turn; often times cutting in front of moving traffic when merging to the median or outside lane. This slowing down and merging causes sideswipe collisions.
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
This project will 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 will 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?
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
US 195 Hatch Road to I-90 will be constructed in three projects once funding is established.
Proposed Construction Sequence…
• Cheney-Spokane Interchange, new city access Right of way.
Constructs a new interchange at Cheney-Spokane Road and a new city arterial from Cheney-Spokane Road to Linedke Road which parallels US 195. This project will improve safety and traffic flow by eliminating at-grade crossings. There is currently no city arterial at this location. The proposed arterial will have one lane in each direction, as well as, a center turn median and bike lanes.
• Cheney Spokane Road to I90.
Realign US 195 and provide grade separations at Thorpe Road and at 16th Avenue. This project will improve safety and traffic flow by eliminating at-grade crossings. US 195 will remain a divided 4 lane section.
• Hatch Road to Cheney-Spokane Road Interchanges.
Constructs new interchanges at hatch Road and at Meadowlane Road. This project will improve safety and traffic flow by eliminating at-grade crossings. US 195 will remain a divided 4 lane section.
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
This main corridor project is funded through the following sources:
- Existing Funds - $13,956,074
- Total Funding From All Sources - $13,956,074
- Unfunded Amount Remaining - $106,043,926
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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