SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The City of Spokane Valley has finalized plans to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety near the intersection of North Pines Road and East Trent Avenue.
The $29 million plan includes replacing the existing at-grade BNSF crossing on Pines Road with an underpass, and redesigning the adjacent Pines/Trent intersection with a roundabout. The project includes adding sidewalks and bicycle lanes, as well.
According to the city, the changes will greatly improve wait times at the railroad crossing, access to I-90 and arterials, and make adjacent neighborhoods quieter by eliminating the need for train horns at the crossing.
The city also said the redesign will increase safety by reducing risk of accidents with trains at the crossing.
Construction is set to begin in 2023. To date, the city has secured $6.35 million for the project; $3.2 million has been set aside by the city to jump-start the project, $1.9 million comes from the Surface Transportation Block Grant, and $1.25 million comes from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant.
Learn more about the project here.
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