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SR 904 - Cheney to Four Lakes Project - Route Development Plan - Chapter 1

Highway Location, Classification and Function

Highway Location

This Route Development Plan addresses a segment of SR 904 located in Spokane County. The limits of the study begin at MP 12.56 (Betz Road Vicinity) and extend just over four miles north of the City of Cheney to MP 16.81 (Four Lakes).

Highway Classification and Function

The primary purpose of the SR 904 corridor is to facilitate transportation of people. The segment of SR 904 addressed in this plan serves as a major commuter link between metropolitan Spokane and the City of Cheney, providing access to residential development along the route. This portion of SR 904 also serves as the primary route between Spokane and Eastern Washington University. The state functional classification for this segment of SR 904 is a Rural Minor Arterial highway and the terrain is level. SR 904 is not listed on the National Highway System nor Highway of Statewide Significance.

Access Control Classification

The Highway Access Management - Access Control Classification System and Standards are defined by the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter 468.52. This segment of SR 904 is designated Class 2 in the residential area between Cheney and Four Lakes and Class 5 in the residential/commercial area in Four Lakes.

The Highway Access Management - Access Control Classification System and Standards are defined by the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter 468.52. This segment of SR 904 is designated Class 2 in the residential area between Cheney and Four Lakes and Class 5 in the residential/commercial area in Four Lakes.

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Source: Highway Access Management – Access Control Classification System & Standards

Related Transportation Facilities

Public Transportation

Spokane Transit Authority (STA), the primary bus service in Spokane County, currently provides service along SR 904 within the limits of this RDP. STA provides service from downtown Spokane directly to Eastern Washington University and from the campus via downtown Cheney to Spokane. STA has a few stops along SR 904 as well. A typical weekday has 66 trips with 1206 daily passengers, Saturday and Sunday have 30 trips with 366 passengers and 23 trips with 281 passengers respectively. STA also provides paratransit service for those who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Rail Transportation

The Palouse River and Coulee City Railroad line runs parallel to SR 904 on the southern portion of this RDP. This line runs between Cheney and Coulee City and hauls primarily grain. This railroad is a “short line” that operates 2 – 3 times per week.

School Bus Route

Cheney’s school district #360 covers 360 square miles. It includes five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. One of the bus routes is along SR 904 with numerous stops. There are 24 buses along the route and 4-7 making special trips per day.

Current Land Use and Zoning

The land use patterns are what determine the character of the community and dictate the types and locations for future development, which in turn dictate the traffic patterns. The land use designations for the adjacent areas along SR 904 in Spokane County (MP 12.56 to MP 16.81) are shown on the Spokane County Comprehensive Plan Land Use map in Appendix A. The predominant land use along SR 904 is Rural Activity Center at Four Lakes and Rural Traditional from Four Lakes to Cheney.