Design and construction funding has not yet been allocated for this project.
Why is WSDOT
planning to improve SR 904?
SR 904 from Cheney to Four Lakes was the subject of a WSDOT Route Development Plan that was completed in 2003. The plan identifies the need to improve SR 904 in order to address capacity and safety issues that are becoming more and more pronounced with the growth of both the City of Cheney and Eastern Washington University. The Route Development Plan took shape through a series of public meetings in Cheney and now that the plan has been completed, both the WSDOT and the City of Cheney wish to move forward to implement the plan's recommended long term solution.
SR 904 is the primary route for transporting people and goods to and from the City of Cheney and developments along the route. During peak morning and afternoon travel times the traffic on SR 904 is often bumper-to-bumper with automobiles, Spokane Transit Authority buses, and trucks. Recent traffic counts have shown that more than 17,000 vehicles a day travel on the four plus mile section of SR 904 from Cheney to the I-90 interchange at Four Lakes with 12% of that volume being trucks. Traffic volumes will continue to increase with the continued growth of both the City of Cheney and Eastern Washington University (EWU). The City of Cheney currently has a population of 9,800 residents and population projections have the number of residents approaching the 11,000 level by the year 2010. EWU's enrollment numbers for the fall of 2004 totaled 9,800 and the university is projecting that their enrollment will expand to 12,000 by the year 2010.
Current capacity limitations on SR 904 need to be addressed in order to provide a safe and efficient transportation route for the residents of Spokane County, Cheney, as well as EWU's commuting students, administration, and faculty, and for the existing and new businesses. At the present time, SR 904 from Cheney to Four Lakes consists of just two travel lanes. In the fall of 2003, the WSDOT added left-hand turn lanes at some of the Spokane County road intersections along with adding a center turn lane along a portion of the route in an effort to provide some short term measures to address the capacity and corresponding safety concerns. A long term solution will be needed in order to accommodate the future traffic volumes that are predicted to be in excess of 20,000 vehicles a day within the next ten years.
The End Result
Current capacity limitations on SR 904 need to be addressed in order to provide a safe and efficient transportation route for the residents of Spokane County, Cheney, as well as EWU's commuting students, administration, and faculty, and for the existing and new businesses.
To accommodate the existing and projected growth patterns, plus enhance safety and increase capacity, this plan recommends building a five lane undivided highway at an estimated cost of $14.1 million. This would entail:
• Constructing two additional lanes for through traffic.
• Constructing a center lane/two way left turn lane.
• Implementing partial access control.
This recommended alternative is the most cost effective with many advantages, such as, improving capacity and safety, having minimal need for additional right-of-way purchase, creating minimal impacts to the environment, and providing for route continuity.
Increased capacity and improved safety.
What is the project timeline?
• The design study began in the fall of 2002 and was completed June of 2003.
• Design could begin as soon as funding is available, with construction underway two or three years later.
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
Unfunded Amount Remaining - $18.5 million
- Total Funding Available From all Sources
How can I get more information?
Project Engineer Chad Simonson
WSDOT Project Office
2714 North Mayfair Street
Spokane, WA 99207
Phone: (509) 324-6250
Fax: (509) 324-6255
Route Development Plan
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