(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, 58 BNSF Railway Co. (BNSF) freight 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:
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. Over 25 years, the projected economic and tax impacts include:
More information regarding the project's benefits are outlined in this ECOnorthwest Economic Benefits Study.
Total project cost, as of June 2018, is estimated to be about $29 million, based on construction starting in 2023. The city has secured $5.1 million, including $3.2 million set aside by Spokane Valley, and is actively seeking additional funding.
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.
CRISI grant application (2018)
BUILD grant application (2018)
Letters of Support for CRISI and BUILD grants (2018)
FASTLANE II grant application - Pines/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)
BTV - Local Agency Environmental Classification Summary
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