Thursday, July 26, 2012

Spokane Valley Bike/Ped Improvements

The City of Spokane Valley has some Bike and Pedestrian Capital Improvements they're working on that they'd like you to know about:

Construction Projects:


Sprague Avenue Reconstruction - This project will reconstruct the existing pavement section and modify the striping to provide a wide shoulder lane to accommodate bicyclists. The Adams Rd traffic signal will be replaced and include pedestrian countdown timer displays, accessible push buttons, and bicycle detection loops.

Evergreen Road Rehabilitation - This project will take advantage of a water line replacement project by VERA Water & Power to grind and inlay Evergreen Road from 16th to 24th and reconstruct Evergreen from 24th to 32nd Avenue. Enhancements to sidewalks and striping for bike lanes will be completed as part of the project.

24th Avenue (Adams Rd to Sullivan Rd) - This project will complete the gaps in the sidewalk between Adams Rd and Sullivan Rd with a new 6-ft wide sidewalk and barrier curb.

Sidewalk Infill Phase 1 - This project includes the extension of sidewalks at different locations throughout the city. Some of the locations will provide sidewalk connectivity from residential areas to schools. Phase 1 includes the construction of sidewalks on Pines Road from 23rd to 16th Avenues near South Pines Elementary School.

Sidewalk and Transit Stop Accessibility Phase 1 - The proposed project will complete gaps in sidewalks serving transit routes and construct concrete pads, curb ramps and related improvements at transit stops that currently have accessibility barriers to disabled residents. Phase 1 includes Montgomery Avenue near University Road, Park Road from 8th to 12th, and bus shelter pads.

Sprague Avenue Stormwater and Overlay - This project will upgrade pedestrian curb ramps to meet current ADA standards, improve sidewalks, and install a buffer for the bike lane from Park to Thierman Roads.

University Road Overlay- This pavement preservation project includes the addition of bike lanes from 4th to 16th Avenues.

Dishman-Mica Road Overlay- This pavement preservation project includes widening the existing bike lane/shoulder from 16th to 32nd Avenues.

Fancher Road Overlay- This pavement preservation project includes the addition of bike lanes from Sprague Avenue to Broadway Avenue.

Design Projects or Studies:

Mission Avenue ( Flora Rd to Barker Rd) - This project will design Mission Avenue to a three-lane urban arterial from Flora Road to Barker Road including curb, gutter, new stormwater facilities, sidewalks and bike lanes.

Mansfield Avenue - This project will fill the gap between Mansfield Avenue east of Pines Road and Mansfield Avenue west of Mirabeau Parkway completing the east-west collector arterial. The improvements will include a three-lane urban section with curb, gutter, sidewalks, bike lanes, and stormwater improvements.

Sprague Avenue ADA - This project will upgrade pedestrian curb ramps to meet current ADA standards along Sprague Ave from Havana Street to Fancher Road. This project is funded by CDBG. Construction expected in 2013.

Spokane Valley / Millwood Trail - The project will provide the planning and design of a 6.5 mile non-motorized trail from Spokane Community College to the Spokane Valley Mall. The trail would be located on Spokane County owned railroad right-of-way that was once the route of the Great Northern Railway.

Greenacres Trail (postponed) - Consultant design of Greenacres Trail from Riverview Corporate Center to Hodges Rd. approximately 2.2 miles of non-motorized trail from the Centennial Trail just east of Sullivan to the east Spokane Valley city limits.

Sidewalk Infill Phase 2 - This project includes the extension of sidewalks at different locations throughout the city. Some of the locations will provide sidewalk connectivity from residential areas to schools. Phase 2 construction scheduled for 2013.

Sidewalk and Transit Stop Accessibility Phase 2 - The proposed project will complete gaps in sidewalks serving transit routes and construct concrete pads, curb ramps and related improvements at transit stops that currently have accessibility barriers to disabled residents.

Phase 2 construction scheduled for 2013. University / I-90 Overpass Study - This project will evaluate the need, feasibility, traffic impact, and estimated costs for constructing an overpass over I-90 in the vicinity of University Road that would draw traffic away from the extremely busy Argonne Road and Pines Road corridors.

Wellesley and Adams Sidewalk- This project funded through the Safe Routes to School program will construct sidewalk on Adams Road and Wellesley Avenue in the vicinity of Trentwood Elementary and East Valley High School. Construction scheduled for 2013.

Citywide Safety Improvements - This safety project includes the installation of countdown pedestrian heads for many City signals, signing of bike routes, and improvements to crosswalks. Construction scheduled for 2013.

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