City of Spokane is Updating the Transportation Plan

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 8:57 a.m.

The City is updating its 20-year transportation plan against a backdrop of reduced federal transportation funding, limited state resources and transportation maintenance expenses that exceed current local revenues. Given these challenges, it is critical that we plan to get the most out of every dollar.

The update will review multimodal (pedestrian, bike, transit, freight) transportation best practices, infrastructure needs above and below ground within the right-of-ways, the City's land use plan and economic development goals, all to ensure our transportation system is ready for where we are going. Working closely with Spokane Transit Authority, the State Department of Transportation and other regional players the City will develop an integrated multimodal transportation network in a thoughtful, methodical, and creative manner that benefits all users.

As part of a review of how the transportation network can better serve a variety of users, the City is integrating the transportation system planning efforts. The effort will include the City's plans for Combined Sewer Overflow Reduction and plans for future upgrades to water, sewer and other utility infrastructure.

“For anyone who has ever asked the question 'Why is the City of Spokane building that project?' This is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor and participate in updating the City plan for transportation, stormwater, wastewater and water for the next 20 years. Once completed, this plan will be the basis for all projects that fall within the Public Right-of-Way. Public participation is essential!” said City of Spokane, Capital Programs Engineer, Katherine Miller.

The City is hosting an open house to review the existing transportation conditions and gather input on the community's transportation visions and goals:

Tuesday, Oct. 8
6-8 p.m.
Student Union Building 17, Room 107
Spokane Falls Community College
W. 3410 Ft. George Wright Drive
Parking available in Lot P9 or take STA Route 20 or 33

More information on the City's Transportation Plan Update is available at the Spokane Planning website