(railway crossing grade separation project)
The Barker Road/BNSF grade separation project will improve safety by replacing the existing at-grade BNSF Railway Co. (BNSF) crossing on Barker Road with an overpass, constructing a roundabout at the Barker/Trent intersection, and closing the Flora/BNSF railway crossing.
When completed, the project will:
One of six considered, the selected alternative is cost-effective, ensures adequate infrastructure to accommodate future growth, improves safety, and helps promote economic development in the nearby industrial areas.
See Selected Alternative - (Alternative 5)
View design alternative selection presentation from March 27, 2018 (presentation describes how Alternative 5 was chosen as the final design).
This project enhances the developability of almost 600 acres of commercial/industrial property. Full development of the area is expected to:
The total project cost is estimated at $19 million. With the recent announcement that $9 million in federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants funding has been awarded to the project, funding to complete the project has been secured.
*The Barker/BNSF grade separation project is one of just 41 projects nationwide to have received 2018 TIGER funding, and is the only one in the state of Washington.
Engineering design is anticipated to be completed by spring 2020 with the goal of having the project ready to construct in 2020-2021.
TIGER IX Discretionary Grant application (FY 2017) - awarded $9,020,149
TIGER IX & INFRA support letters (2017)
FASTLANE II grant application - Barker/BNSF Project (FY 2017)
FASTLANE II support letters (2017)
FASTLANE I grant application - Barker/BNSF and Pines/BNSF projects (FY 2016)
FASTLANE I support letters (2016)
Barker/BNSF project flyer (pdf)
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