Thursday, January 5, 2017

Public Meeting on Mission Avenue Project

Flora and Mission intersection
The city of Spokane Valley is hosting an open house next Thursday, Jan. 12 at Greenacres Christian Church, 18010 E. Mission Ave. from 5:30-7 p.m. about plans to improve Mission Avenue from Flora Road to Barker Road, according to the Spokesman-Review.  It is a two-lane road with few sidewalks and curbs. The project will widen lanes to arterial-size and add 5-foot-wide bike lanes and 6-foot-wide ADA compliant sidewalks in each direction.

Among other things to be discussed at the meeting is that a proposed roundabout at Mission Avenue and Long Road is no longer under consideration. That is the intersection where Central Valley School District is proposing a new elementary school to be finished in 2018.

This section of Mission runs through one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Spokane Valley, the northern part of Greenacres. Growth has led to an increase in traffic, which has made improvements to Mission necessary.

With new curbs, stormwater will be piped away from the roadway and into stormwater treatment grass swales on empty lots along Mission. The project has been designed to have minimal impact on property owners along Mission, but that those at major intersections may lose some right of way.

The project will cost approximately $4.3 million. A federal Surface Transportation Grant contributes $794,000, the city of Spokane Valley matches that with $823,002, and the rest is covered by grant money through SRTC in the amount of $2.7 million.

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About SRTC

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.