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US 2 - Deer Road to Elk Chattaroy Road - Corridor Review

Status

November 2014

The information from the workshop and the survey has been reviewed and compiled. A link to the survey results has been added to the left under “Project Info”. The answers to several of the questions, such as question 27 “What do you currently value most about the corridor now?” were categorized, and the results are included. All of the answers we received will be included in the appendix of the study.


While we are analyzing the collision data and intersection performance, various concepts are being developed for the corridor. When all of the data has been reviewed and priorities have been assigned, a plan will be developed that will address as many issues as possible. There are more ideas than available construction funds for phase one of the study.

Your involvement is helping WSDOT better understand transportation-related issues along the corridor, shaping a shared vision for the corridor, and helping to 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.

During the next few months, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is conducting 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.

Why is WSDOT conducting a US 2 / Deer Road to Elk-Chattaroy Corridor Study?

WSDOT is conducting this study to identify potential low cost corridor improvements that will reduce collisions along the US 2 corridor. The study will develop affordable near-term concepts that improve roadway safety, including access and multimodal mobility. Ultimately, the study will provide a shared vision for how the corridor will develop to enhance business access, enhance transportation choices, and support the needs of the adjacent communities along the corridor segment.

What is Phase I?

The first phase will focus on affordable near-term safety improvements on US 2 from Deer Road to Day Mt. Spokane Road. We plan to complete the design of the selected engineering solutions in the fall of 2015 and begin construction during the spring of 2016.

What is Phase II?

The second phase will also explore long–range practical opportunities to improve the Deer Road to Day-Mt. Spokane Road, some of which will involve partnerships with entities. Currently, funding is not available for design or construction of emerging solutions for this segment.

What will be evaluated during this study effort?
This study will include the examination of:
Collision history and potential solutions
Access management along the corridor
Intersection operation and control types
Opportunities to improve mobility for all users
Current operations and potential changes that could enhance operations

Who will participate in this study?

Roadway users
Property owners
Local community and interest group representatives
Fire, police, highway maintenance representatives
Transportation planners (Spokane County and WSDOT)
Traffic engineers (Spokane County and WSDOT)
An initial meeting was held with a variety of stakeholders in February of 2014.

The End Result

The first phase will focus on affordable near-term safety improvements on US 2 from Deer Road to Day Mt. Spokane Road. We plan to complete the design of the selected engineering solutions in the fall of 2015 and begin construction during the spring of 2016.

The second phase will explore long–range practical opportunities to improve the Deer Road to Elk-Chattaroy Road corridor, some of which may involve partnerships with other government entities. Currently, funding is not available for design or construction of emerging solutions for this segment.

Project Benefits
The first phase will construct the improvements determined by the study to be the most beneficial at reducing serious and fatal injuries on US 2 between SR 206 and Day-Mt. Spokane Road. The second phase will develop a corridor plan for the future. Nothing will be constructed unless additional funding becomes available.

What is the project timeline?
The first phase design needs to be completed in the fall of 2015 and begin construction during the spring of 2016. The corridor analysis is scheduled to be reviewed and approved by the end of 2014.

Financial Information

Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

This project is funded out of the Eastern Region Planning Department's budget.

How can I get more information?
Contact:
Chris Courtney
Corridor Study Engineer
WSDOT Eastern Region
509-324-6197
courtnc@wsdot.wa.gov 

Char Kay P.E., Region Planning Manager
WSDOT Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA 99207
509-324-6095
kayc@wsdot.wa.gov

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