Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Council Deadlocks on Hiring Consultant to Design Trent/Barker Project


The current railroad crossing at Trent and Barker Rd.
Spokane Valley will not be moving ahead at this time on designing an under or overpass at Barker Road and Trent that would separate vehicle traffic from trains. According to the Spokane Valley News Herald, City Council failed to reach consensus on the agreement and with Council Member Sam Wood absent, the motion stalled with a 3-3 tie.

The council had previously told city staff to seek requests of qualifications from engineering firms to study ways to separate Barker Road from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks just south of Trent. There is a $720,000 federal earmark to do the work, plus the city already committed $300,000 in matching funds.Steve Worley, the city’s capital improvement program manager, was back before the council to approve an additional $300,000 in order to move forward with hiring DEA/HDR to begin the engineering study.

Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard said he would work to bring the issue back before the council at a meeting when there would be seven members present. A similar engineering study request for the Pines Road/Trent crossing is slated for a future council meeting.

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