Why is WSDOT
conducting a US 2 / Deer Road to Elk-Chattaroy Corridor Study?
WSDOT conducted this study to identify potential low cost corridor improvements that will reduce collisions along the US 2 corridor. The study will develop affordable near-term concepts that improve roadway safety, including access and multimodal mobility. Ultimately, the study will provide a shared vision for how the corridor will develop to enhance business access, enhance transportation choices, and support the needs of the adjacent communities along the corridor segment.
What is Phase I?
The first phase focused on affordable near-term safety improvements on US 2 from Deer Road to Day Mt. Spokane Road. Construction on this phase is planned for 2017.
What is Phase II?
The second phase will also explore long–range practical opportunities to improve the Deer Road to Day-Mt. Spokane Road, some of which will involve partnerships with entities. Currently, funding is not available for design or construction of emerging solutions for this segment.
What was evaluated during this study effort?
This study includes the examination of:
Collision history and potential solutions
Access management along the corridor
Intersection operation and control types
Opportunities to improve mobility for all users
Current operations and potential changes that could enhance operations
Who participated in this study?
Local community and interest group representatives
Fire, police, highway maintenance representatives
Transportation planners (Spokane County and WSDOT)
Traffic engineers (Spokane County and WSDOT)
An initial meeting was held with a variety of stakeholders in February of 2014.
The End Result
The first phase focused on affordable near-term safety improvements on US 2 from Deer Road to Day Mt. Spokane Road. We plan to begin construction on this phase in 2017.
The second phase will explore long–range practical opportunities to improve the Deer Road to Elk-Chattaroy Road corridor, some of which may involve partnerships with other government entities. Currently, funding is not available for design or construction of emerging solutions for this segment.
The first phase will construct the improvements determined by the study to be the most beneficial at reducing serious and fatal injuries on US 2 between SR 206 and Day-Mt. Spokane Road. The second phase will develop a corridor plan for the future. Nothing will be constructed unless additional funding becomes available.
What is the project timeline?
The corridor analysis was reviewed and approved on January 13, 2016 and is available here.
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
This project is funded out of the Eastern Region Planning Department's budget.
How can I get more information?
Bob Hilmes, P.E.
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