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April 2014

From the Regional Administrator
Keith Metcalf 

Welcome to our April 2014 newsletter. This month we talk about a US 2 traffic study, and share a thank you letter.

As always, if you have any questions on items in this newsletter, or other transportation issues, please let me know. Give me a call at (509) 324-6010 or drop me an e-mail at: metcalk@wsdot.wa.gov.

Keith Metcalf
Regional Administrator
WSDOT Eastern Region

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We need your help on our US 2 traffic study

During the next few months, our Eastern region Planning Office will conduct a study on US 2 from Deer Road to Elk-Chattaroy Road to identify opportunities to improve access, reduce frequent and severe collisions (a Target Zero strategy), and enhance transportation choices along the corridor. Your participation in this study is important and needed.

We are asking users of the highway corridor to attend an upcoming workshop and complete an online, anonymous survey.

While the WSDOT has access to traffic counts and collisions data, we need information from you that does not show up in these types of data. Your involvement will help us better understand transportation-related issues along the corridor, shape a shared vision for the corridor, and ultimately identify potential low cost corridor improvements that will support the needs of the diverse travelers including pedestrians, bicyclist and the adjacent communities along the corridor segment.

The anonymous survey is available online at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/US2DeerRoadtoElkChattaroy . You should be able to complete the survey in approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Our staff is also hosting a workshop to discuss the study, explain the process, and get citizen input via the survey. The workshop will be held Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM, at Mount Spokane High School, 6015 E Mt Spokane Park Dr. Your participation during the entire workshop will be appreciated.

Information regarding the time and location of additional corridor meetings will be posted on the WSDOT website provided below. Future meetings will present concepts that are developed as a result of the workshop findings, survey results, and stakeholder engagement.

Periodically updated information relating to the study will be posted on the study website: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US2/DeerRdElkChattaroyRdCR/ .

Thanks in advance for participating in the study.

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A note of thanks

We appreciate getting letters like this:

“Just a quick note to say THANKS for keeping our roads clear and safe!! I commute from the Spokane Valley to EWU / Cheney campus Monday through Friday and sometimes on weekends to enjoy a Game. I don’t know how often you hear someone express their appreciation for your efforts and I for one sincerely appreciate Another Job Well Done.

Please share my appreciation and gratitude!

Respectfully, Lauri"