Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Public Meeting On Alignment of Freeway Over "Black Tank" Area

You are invited to learn more about the status of North Spokane Corridor route alignment alternatives in the Hillyard area at an Oct. 27 presentation.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is analyzing possible alignments in the vicinity of Wellesley Avenue because potential environmental mitigation requirements for the “Black Tank” contaminated area may adversely affect the highway project’s Legislative construction and funding expenditure timeline.

The picture below, from a presentation made to the SRTC Board in June, shows the original design going right over the "Black Tank" area. Click the picture to see it full size.

WSDOT will present initial concepts for alignment alternatives at a public meeting, Thursday, Oct. 27. There will be a formal presentation at 6 p.m., followed by a question and answer session with project staff.

Meeting details
When: 6 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
Where: Spokane Community College Lair (Building 6), 1810 N. Greene St., Spokane


Charles Hansen said...

I was at a meeting on October 4 and got their new alignment, and it is much better as it goes around the "Black Tank" area, removes one roundabout, but puts the freeway very close to Market which means all that land cannot be developed. They were still working on the on and off ramps at Wellesley. So some good and bad points. They also changed their connection to I90, but that is 12 years away or more so it will probably change several times before then.

SRTC Staff said...

Another major change- the freeway will be elevated in the "black tank" area.

It's too bad about being so close to Market but the options were pretty limited.

Charles Hansen said...

No all ground level except the overpass at Wellesley and another one at Euclid. The elevated over black tank is gone.

SRTC Staff said...

Hmmmm.... at last week's Board meeting Mike Gribner said part of it is elevated. I'll check on that to make sure we're getting the most up-to-date info.

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