US 195/I-90

Transportation Study Open House

Welcome to the online open house for the US 195/I-90 Transportation Study. Please explore the materials below and on the following pages to learn more about what we have been working on and provide us your input on potential packages of transportation projects to improve safety and mobility in the study area.

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.

Virtual Public

Open House

Please watch the video to learn more about the study, how the packages of projects presented below were developed, and the key projects being considered at this time. To provide input, please continue onto our Feedback page.

Projects to Improve Transportation in the

US 195/I-90 Study Area

Based on community input gathered in February 2020 and collaboration with the Study Advisory Team, we developed five goals to identify transportation projects that best address the transportation challenges in this corridor.

Using the goals as a foundation, the project team identified over 50 potential projects that would improve the transportation system within the study area. Each of these projects went through a thorough technical evaluation and were scrutinized by Study Advisory Team. Ultimately, the study team narrowed the projects that best advanced the study’s goals into two “packages”: the US 195: Enhanced Expressway and US 195: Parallel Network. These packages include multiple individual projects that, when implemented together, create a more connected transportation system in the study area. Because of the interrelationship between the individual projects within the packages, they need to be considered as a whole and cannot be divvied up with some projects implemented while others left out. This also explains why there are projects that are common to both packages, as they are fundamental to a connected transportation system in the study area. Below we specifically describe the two packages.

Package #1

US 195: Enhanced Expressway

This package focuses on refining local access to US 195 to improve safety, provide alternative routes to US 195, and build more connections that will provide options for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit. The core of this package includes 5 roadway extensions and intersection reconfigurations to address safety and mobility concerns. These core projects are shown in dark blue on the feedback map. Since it will take time to gather funding and design these core projects, this package also includes 6 near-term investments that could be implemented more quickly. These projects are shown in light blue on the feedback map. This package also includes 13 other supporting investments that, when constructed, would improve connectivity for all modes using the local transportation system. However, there is more flexibility around when these projects may be constructed and could be implemented as opportunities arise (i.e., some projects could be implemented when a new housing development is built or when a street is repaved). The supporting investments are shown in gray on the feedback map.

When the core projects are built, there will be several new travel routes to connect to key destinations including Vinegar Flats, the retail area on Cheney-Spokane Road, and Spokane International Airport. Click to view new travel routes for these destinations.

Package #2

US 195:Parallel Network

This package includes a more extensive set of transportation investments when compared to the Enhanced Expressway Package. Specifically, this package would build a set of roadways that would completely parallel US 195 and provide an alternate route from Sunset Boulevard to Eagle Ridge Boulevard west of US 195. This greater level of connectivity provides more routes to distribute traffic and additional pathways to access destinations by bicycle, foot, or transit. The Parallel Network package has 7 core roadway and intersection reconfigurations shown in dark blue on the feedback map. Similar to the Enhanced Expressway Package, this package also includes 6 near-term investments that could be implemented more quickly to address existing issues on the corridor. These near-term projects are shown in light blue on the feedback map. This package also includes 13 other supporting investments that when constructed would improve connectivity for all modes using the local transportation system. However, there is more flexibility around when these projects may be constructed. The supporting investments are shown in gray on the feedback map.

When the core projects are built, there will be several new travel routes to connect to key destinations including Vinegar Flats, the retail area on Cheney-Spokane Road, and Spokane International Airport. Click to view new travel routes for these destinations.

How Do the Packages Compare?

Both packages align with the study goals and will advance the outcomes this study was initiated to achieve. View the table below to see how well the packages align with specific goals and to compare the outcomes. More detail on how each of the packages aligns with the goals is provided below.

Study GoalPackage #1
Enhanced Expressway
Package #2
Parallel Network
Goal: Safety
Creates alternate routes to downtown, reducing the number of trips using the US 195/I-90 merge1 new route2 new routes
Limits at-grade access to US 195• Closes west leg at W 16th Avenue
• Closes east leg at Thorpe Road
• Closes access to US 195 at Qualchan Road
• J-Turns at Meadow Lane Road; no northbound access from the west side of US 195
• J-Turns at Hatch Road
All Enhanced Expressway improvements + full closure at Thorpe Road
Goal: Mobility
Fewer local trips on US 195 because of alternative routes and refined ramp meter timing
More route options for local trips between the study area and downtown Spokane1 new route2 new route
Goal: Accommodate Development
Includes projects which could be constructed in the next five years to address existing safety concerns and allow zoned and approved development to continue
Improved connections to potential development areas west of US 195
Lower volume on Inland Empire Way
Lower volume on S. Lindeke Street between W 16th Avenue and Sunset Boulevard
Goal: Multimodal
New roadway connections that provide lower speed facilities which can better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians and build out the local network, which is needed to create more efficient transit service
Connected parallel route west of US 195 that can accommodate bicyclists, pedestrian, and transit
Goal: Implementable
Planning level cost estimates for key projects$34.9M$60.0M
Click here to view the breakdown of estimated cost for some of the key projects.
Ryan Stewart

Spokane Regional Transportation Council

rstewart@srtc.org