West Kootenay and Northeast Washington Corridor Study
Why did WSDOT
get involved in this study?
The Washington State Department of Transportation and the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation jointly funded the West Kootenay – Northeast Washington Highway Corridor Study. This corridor is vital for regions on both sides of the border so it was important we worked together on any improvements.
The End Result
The goal of the study was to explore transportation corridor options. The results are not intended to indicate any future investment in highway improvements by either government agency.
Key highway corridor variables were examined as a basis of comparison between route options. They include:
• Mobility, travel time and safety benefits
• Local and regional land uses, the relationship between the communities
• Major environmental, geotechnical and archeological considerations
What was the project timeline?
Was completed in Spring 2005.
Four stakeholder meetings were held.
Environmental issues were evaluated and appropriate mitigation included in the study.
Please visit the WSDOT Environmental
Services Web site for more information.
Increasing safety is a priority
Highway safety standards will be considered as projects resulting from this study are developed in the future.
Did this project impact tribal resources?
The potential impact of each option on First Nations and Native American Tribal sites were considered. At WSDOT we seek to address the concerns of the tribal nations using the process outlined in Section 106 of The National Historic Preservation Act and the WSDOT Tribal Consultation Policy adopted in 2003 by the Transportation Commission as part of the WSDOT Centennial Accord Plan.
The study was budgeted at $100,000 in Canadian Funds.
How can I get more information?
Mark Rohwer, Planning Manager
WSDOT Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA 99207
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