(railway crossing grade separation project)
Pines Road is one of the region's key transportation corridors, carrying both private and commercial/industrial traffic from Trent Avenue (SR 290) across the Spokane River to I-90 and commercial areas south of the freeway.
On average, 56 BNSF Railway Co. (BNSF) reight trains and two AMTRAK passenger trains travel through the Pines/BNSF Railway crossing each day. In addition, about 34,000 vehicles pass through the adjacent Pines/Trent intersection, including freight from Canada and northern Idaho.
Pines Road is also the primary access to almost 230 acres of undeveloped mixed-use, commercial and industrial land.
The Pines/BNSF Grade Separation Project proposes to replace the existing at-grade BNSF crossing on Pines Road with an underpass, and redesign the signalized Pines/Trent intersection.
These improvements will:
*average gate-down time
Completion of the Pines/BNSF Grade Separation Project will improve access to nearly 230 acres of undeveloped mixed-use, commercial, and industrial land, and help attract new businesses and jobs to the Spokane Valley economy. When the area is fully developed, the projected economic and tax impacts include:
Total project cost, as of June 2018, is estimated to be about $29 million, based on construction starting in 2020. The City has saved nearly $2.4 million in local funds for the project, and is actively seeking state, federal and private funding to secure the remaining $24.6 million.
Individuals who wish to support this project can click the button below to submit their name and contact information. Any documented public support may be included in federal or state grant applications submitted by the city for funding.
FASTLANE I grant application
FASTLANE I support letters
FASTLANE II grant application - Pines Road BNSF Grade Separation
FASTLANE II support letters
ECONW study - Pines Road underpass
BTV-Local Agency Environmental Classification Summary
CRISI grant application
Letters of Support for additional grants
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