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US 195 - Colfax to Spangle - Add Passing Lanes

Status

March 2017

  • The US 195 Passing Lane project was included in the Connecting Washington funding package to provide additional passing opportunities along this corridor to alleviate the potential for head-on collisions which aligns with the goal of Washington State‚Äôs Strategic Highway Safety Plan: Target Zero to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero by the year 2030. This project is currently split into two phases. The first phase will construct two of the passing lanes near Colfax beginning this summer. The second phase will build the remaining four passing, and is scheduled to begin construction in 2018.
  • The Palouse Regional Transportation Planning Organization has a US 195 and SR 26 driver safety Facebook page.
  • US 195 Corridor Collision Analysis (pdf 10mb)

  • WSDOT/WSU Online Forum video-April 5, 2016

This project will add four new northbound passing lane segments and three new southbound passing lane segments on US 195 between Colfax and Spangle in two phases.

(Note: The SR 26 truck climbing/passing lanes west of Colfax are funded for construction, in a separate project, during 2025.)

Why is WSDOT adding these passing lanes?
US 195 is a two-lane rural highway with average daily traffic volumes of 4,000 to 7,000 vehicles per day. Although congestion is rare, slower vehicles can occasionally cause delays and prompt impatient drivers to attempt to pass in an unsafe manner.

The End Result
The project will add a total of six new passing lane segments to provide drivers with more passing opportunities.

Project Benefits

What is the project timeline?
Construction on the first two segments will be under construction and completed in the 2017 season.

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 619504B
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $0
CWA $11,650
Total $11,650

Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

How can I get more information?
Contact:
Mark Allen, Project Engineer
WSDOT Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA 99207
509-324-6000

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