Wednesday, February 24, 2016

US 195 Colfax to Spangle Passing Lane Public Meeting

While this is outside of SRTC's planning area, many of us drive to Pullman or Colfax regularly so I thought it was worth a mention. Drivers will get their first look at the upcoming US 195 Colfax to Spangle passing lane project at a community meeting in Colfax on Wednesday, March 2.

Up to six new passing lanes are planned to be constructed in 2017 on US 195 between Colfax and Spangle. Washington State Department of Transportation staff will be on hand to present their ideas for the passing lane project, and to get opinions on where the new passing lanes should be located.

Studies have shown that installation of periodic passing lanes on a rural two-lane roadway provides a collision reduction of up to 42 percent. 

Please bring your ideas and join us on:
·         Wednesday, March 2
·         6 to 8 p.m.
·         Colfax Junior Senior High School
·         1110 N. Morton St.    

WSDOT staff will give a presentation on the project, possible locations and the results of a corridor crash analysis. The US 195 Corridor Crash stakeholder group will discuss comments. The public will be invited to provide comments on the US 195 corridor between Pullman and Spangle and the State Route 26 corridor between Hatton and Colfax.

WSDOT engineers will use the comments from the meeting to begin designing the passing lane segments, purchasing any required right-of-way, and moving to advertising the project for contractor bids. Work is scheduled to be underway on this project in 2017.

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