Bridging the Valley is a regional effort to separate vehicle traffic from train traffic along the 42-mile corridor between Spokane, Wash. and Athol, Idaho. The goal is to increase safety, improve traffic movement along the corridor, promote economic growth, and eliminate train horn noise where at-grade intersections are removed or bridged. Of 75 railroad/railway crossings along the corridor, three locations in Spokane Valley have been identified as "regionally significant." The three projects are Barker Road/BNSF Overpass, Pines Road (SR 27)/BNSF Underpass, and Sullivan Road Bridge at BSNF and SR290.
The City of Spokane Valley is seeking funding for its two proposed grade separation projects – Barker Road/BNSF and Pines Road/BNSF. The City Council has included this effort as one of its 2017 Council Goals. As Washington State experiences increases in rail traffic, these particular intersections will become increasingly congested and dangerous.
The projects will provide the following benefits:
A community meeting regarding this project has been scheduled for 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Continuous Curriculum School, 16924 E. Wellesley Ave., Spokane Valley. The meeting is open to the public. The city will present five options.
Total project cost is estimated at $20 million; it is anticipated that the engineering design will be completed by January 2019 and the project will be shovel ready in 2020. The city has secured nearly $9.9 million in state and local funding, and is seeking the required $10.1 million to complete the project. This project will provide the following benefits beyond those mentioned above:
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Pines Road/BNSF Grade Separation project
A community meeting regarding this project has been scheduled for 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, at CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. The meeting is open to the public. The city will present two options for realigning Pines Road to create an underpass.
Total project cost is anticipated to be $20 million. The city has secured nearly $2.4 million in local funds and is seeking the remaining required funding to complete the project. It is anticipated that the engineering design will be completed by January 2019; the city has already begun acquiring the necessary right-of-way for the project to succeed. An estimated construction start date has yet to be established. Benefits of this project include:
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Sullivan Road/BNSF Grade Separation project
The existing Sullivan Road bridges a single mainline BNSF track followed by a second bridge over four vehicle travel lanes on SR 290. The city recognizes how important Sullivan Road Corridor is to the greater Spokane Valley region. BNSF is proposing a 2019 construction project to add a second mainline track and lengthen the Sullivan Road Bridge over the tracks as needed. Concurrently, Spokane County is progressing on its Bigelow Gulch/Forker Road Urban Connector project which improves the vehicle route from Bigelow Gulch Road/Forker Road and connects into Sullivan Road at Wellesley Ave. Given the growth in the area, the Sullivan Road/SR 290 bridge will quickly become a high priority for the city’s transportation network. Improvements to the project area were evaluated in the city’s Sullivan Road Corridor Study and the city continues to assess its options.
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