Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Public Invited to Discuss I90 congestion at Open House

Interstate 90 at Harvard Road in Liberty Lake.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is starting an  Interstate 90/Four Lakes to Idaho Operational Study and wants to tell you about it. So you are invited to an informational open house Tuesday, Dec. 13.

I-90 in the Spokane area is experiencing increased congestion, primarily during peak commute hours, although congestion outside of peak periods is also on the rise. This congestion increases the possibility of collisions occurring on the freeway. 

Staff from the WSDOT will be on hand to listen to public feedback on improving safety and operations of the freeway and answer questions about the study. There will not be a formal presentation, and the public is free to stop in anytime during the open house from 5-8 p.m. in the North Central High School cafeteria at 1600 N. Howard Street.

This study will emphasize low-cost strategies to efficiently move traffic on the existing system while improving safety. It will examine collision history and operational performance in close detail and make recommendations for project strategies.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.