Pines Road is one of the region's key transportation corridors, carrying both private and commercial/industrial traffic from Trent Avenue (SR 290) across the Spokane River to I-90 and commercial areas south of the freeway.
On average, 60 BNSF Railway freight trains and two AMTRAK passenger trains travel through the Pines/BNSF Railway crossing each day, resulting in nearly 28,000 vehicle hours of delay each year. BNSF plans to add a second main track to the existing rail line, possibly as early as 2021. A second track will likely increase train traffic and vehicle delays.
In addition, about 35,000 vehicles pass through the adjacent Pines/Trent intersection, including freight trucks from Canada and northern Idaho.
Pines Road is also the primary access to nearly 230 acres of nearby undeveloped mixed-use, commercial and industrial land.
The Pines/BNSF Grade Separation Project will replace the existing at-grade BNSF crossing on Pines Road with an underpass, and redesign the adjacent signalized Pines/Trent intersection with a roundabout.
These improvements will:
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Completion of the Pines/BNSF Grade Separation Project will improve access to nearly 230 acres of undeveloped mixed-use, commercial, and industrial land, and help attract new businesses and jobs to the Spokane Valley economy. Over 25 years, the projected economic and tax impacts include:
More information regarding the project's benefits are outlined in this ECOnorthwest Economic Benefits Study.
Total project cost, as of July 2020, is estimated to be about $29 million, based on construction starting in 2023. To date, the city has secured $9.75 million comprised of the following:
Washington State Department of Transportation
Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board
Spokane Regional Transportation Council
Spokane Transit Authority
BUILD grant application (2020)
BUILD grant application (2019)
BUILD support letters(2019)
CRISI grant application (2018)
BUILD grant application (2018)
Support letters for CRISI and BUILD grants (2018)
FASTLANE II grant application - Pines/BNSF Project (FY 2017)
FASTLANE II support letters (2017)
BTV - Local Agency Environmental Classification Summary
Download/print the project flyer
Senior Engineer, City of Spokane Valley