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, 58 BNSF Railway freight trains and two AMTRAK passenger trains travel through the Pines/BNSF Railway crossing each day, resulting in nearly 26,200 vehicle hours of delay each year. In addition, about 34,000 vehicles pass through the adjacent Pines/Trent intersection, including freight from Canada and northern Idaho.
Pines Road is also the primary access to nearly 230 acres of undeveloped mixed-use, commercial and industrial land.
View news release for community meetings held April 18, 2019
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:
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 June 2018, 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:
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
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