About the Study
Today, the US 195 merge with Interstate 90 (I-90) experiences both operational and safety issues. As the Spokane area grows, challenges facing the local and regional transportation system will also increase. Major residential and employment growth is expected in the West Plains area, and it will increase the number of people and goods traveling east-west between new growth centers in the west and existing centers in the east. With only four options for crossing Latah Creek, pressure on these routes (most notably the I-90 crossing) will intensify.
To address both existing and future challenges related to safety, operations, access, and infrastructure along the US 195 from Hatch Road to the merge with I-90, the Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) is leading a multi-jurisdictional study. This study is a collaborative effort between SRTC, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the City of Spokane, Spokane County, and Spokane Transit Authority (STA).
Potential strategies for the study will range from coordinated land use planning to access management. The needs of all users will be considered throughout the study, including local trips, regional trips, bicyclists, pedestrians, transit, and freight. Strategies recommend as part of this study will be feasible and able to be implemented within a reasonable timeframe.
Since the Community Meeting, the project schedule has been updated to include an overview of timing for the entire study process. The project schedule will include opportunities for the community to provide input throughout the study. The website will be updated to include the latest information on how you can participate.
Through collaboration with the Study Advisory Team, which includes representatives from SRTC, WSDOT, the City and County of Spokane, and STA and input collected from community members at the community workshop and online, five goals have been established for this study. Throughout this study, these goals will be used to identify projects and solutions that most align with the challenges this study was initiated to address. Click the photo to view the goals established for this study.
Existing Conditions Report
Updated October 2020
Before making recommendations for how to solve existing and future transportation challenges, it is critical to understand how the area’s transportations system operates today. To achieve this, the project team has developed an Existing Conditions Report, which is the first of several reports that will shape the US 195/I-90 Transportation Study. This report includes an inventory of facilities for all modes within the study area, documents traffic volume data collected and analyzed to understand how well the transportation system operates, and an analysis of travel patterns to understand key destinations people are traveling to using the roadways in the study area. Click the photo to view the full Existing Conditions Report.
The first community workshop, held on Monday, February 10th, was an opportunity for community members to learn about the study, share their thoughts on the draft project goals, and pinpoint areas with safety concerns and transportation challenges along the corridor.
If you were unable to attend the workshop, materials are available below. You may then scroll down to share your thoughts in the ‘Share Your Thoughts’ section.
Establishing the project goals is a key step in the study process, as these goals will be used to evaluate potential strategies to improve safety and mobility along the US 195 corridor. The project team developed a set of draft project goals and then asked community members to tell us if there are any additional goals this study should consider, which goals matter most to you, and which users the US 195 corridor should accommodate. Scroll up to view the final project goals.
How Can You Participate?
Share Your Thoughts
Stay tuned for opportunities to share your thoughts.
A number of planning studies have been completed for the I-90 and US 195 corridors, as well as the larger study area in previous years.
US 195 Corridor Safety Improvement Study: In 1999, WSDOT completed a Value Engineering Study for the US 195 Corridor. This study identified safety and operational improvements between Hatch Road and I-90, including two proposed interchanges. Due to cost constraints, with the exception of the Cheney-Spokane Road Interchange, recommendations in this study have generally not been implemented.
I-90 Operations Study: The I-90 operations study, a WSDOT study completed in 2018, evaluated and prioritized transportation system management and operations solutions to improve safety along the I-90 corridor between Four Lakes and the Idaho Stateline.
City of Spokane Comprehensive Plan Transportation Element: The update of the Transportation Chapter of the City of Spokane’s Comprehensive Plan, completed in 2017, established a plan for Spokane’s Transportation future. This includes the identification of proposed bicycle, transit, and auto facilities within the US 195/I-90 study area.