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
Project Letters of Support
RAISE grant application (2021)
BUILD grant application (2020)
BUILD grant application (2019)
CRISI grant application (2018)
BUILD grant application (2018)
FASTLANE II grant application - Pines/BNSF Project (FY 2017)
BTV - Local Agency Environmental Classification Summary
Consolidated Traffic and Safety Analysis
Download/print the project flyer
Senior Engineer, City of Spokane Valley