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Eastern Region - E-Mail Update Newsletter

September 2016

Welcome to our September newsletter. This month we talk about a celebration event and an upcoming open house.

As always, if you have any questions on items in this newsletter, or other transportation issues, please let me know. Give us a call at (509) 324-6010 or send me an email at

Mike Gribner
Acting Regional Administrator
WSDOT Eastern Region

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Wellesley/Freya roundabout work wrapping up

Just a few months after work started, the new Wellesley Avenue/Freya Street roundabout project in northeast Spokane will wrap up in early October.

Elected officials, area residents and business leaders will gather with Washington State Department of Transportation officials at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 10, to celebrate the new intersection’s completion.. The roadway should open that afternoon.

Halme Construction of Spokane was the prime contractor on the $2.1 million roundabout in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood, just north of the Esmeralda golf course.

The roundabout replaces stop signs at this busy intersection and widens both streets. The improvements provide more efficient travel through the area, especially for large trucks traveling to and from nearby industrial and distribution businesses. WSDOT is funding and building this project because the future Wellesley Avenue Interchange on the US 395/North Spokane Corridor freeway will bring more traffic to the area.

The city of Spokane partnered with WSDOT on this project, with the city completing water line and utility work in preparation for the roundabout construction.

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US 395 intersection changes in Deer Park to be displayed at open house, Oct. 20

The public is invited to learn more about the design and project status for several key US 395 intersections in Deer Park. US 395 is an important route to Stevens County residents and businesses for travel to and from northeast Washington.

The Washington State Department of Transportation will showcase designs for the Short/Main and Monroe/Crawford intersections during an open house on Thursday, Oct. 20. WSDOT representatives will be on hand to explain the improvements and answer questions from area residents, business leaders and drivers. Displays showing the possible improvements will also be available.

Meeting details
When: 4 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20
Where: SCC Gym, 985 S. Elm, Colville

As part of this project, a partial closure of the Burroughs/Dalton intersection and paving Short Road on the west side of US 395 is planned. More information can be viewed in advance on the Deer Park Intersection Improvement study website and comments can be submitted prior to the open house via email to Larry Frostad, assistant traffic engineer.

Over the past few months, WSDOT evaluated intersection-related collisions at several locations on US 395 in the Deer Park area. As part of the study, the agency worked with the community to develop low-cost alternatives to improve traffic and safety at these intersections.