Spokane Valley to improve safety, noise by replacing Pines at-grade railroad crossing with underpass

Spokane Valley to improve safety, noise by replacing Pines at-grade railroad crossing with underpass

A new underpass will replace the at-grade railroad crossing on Pines Road in Spokane Valley.

According to a release from the City of Spokane Valley, two options for realigning Pines Road below the BNSF Railways tracks south of Trent Avenue will be presented at a community meeting on April 18.

The city said the project will enhance vehicle and pedestrian safety, as well as improve neighborhood livability. Based on the number of minutes the railroad crossing is down, it is estimated the project will save three hours per day in vehicle wait time.

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Removal of the at-grade crossing will also eliminate the need for trains to sound their horns at affected intersections, making the adjacent neighborhoods quieter. The city said the project will also improve access to I-90, key emergency services and Trent Elementary.

The public meeting will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at the CenterPlace Regional Event Center. There will also be an opportunity to discuss the project without presentation on April 18 at Spokane Valley City Hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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