On Feb. 17, 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the North Spokane Freeway is one of the projects that will be funded by Surface Transportation Discretionary Grants, called TIGER grants. TIGER stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery.
The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) included $1.5 billion for TIGER grants. WSDOT applied for grants to build portions of the SR 520 Bridge Replacement program ($300 million), the Columbia River Crossing ($147 million), and the North Spokane Corridor ($35 million). The U.S. Department of Transportation reviewed and scored each application through a competitive process.
TIGER Grant Submittal - Selected for Funding
North Spokane Freeway - $35 million
WSDOT received $35 million in TIGER Grant funding for a 3.7 mile segment within the North Spokane Corridor project, a new 10.5 mile long, 60-mile per hour freeway. The TIGER Grant fully funds the construction of the southbound lanes from Francis Avenue to Farwell Road.his project is shovel-ready, and finalizes the last piece of construction between Francis Avenue and US 395. The northbound lanes of this project have already been completed and are currently carrying both northbound and southbound traffic.
- The North Spokane Corridor project improves mobility by allowing motorists and freight to move north and south through metropolitan Spokane, from I-90 to US 395 at Wandermere.
- The new corridor will decrease travel time, fuel usage, and congestion, while improving safety by reducing collisions on local arterials. The northbound lanes are complete and are being used in a limited fashion for both northbound and southbound traffic.
- This project has direct economic and transportation benefits. It produces jobs by providing a divided, free-flow freeway facility for regional and freight trips over the additional 3.7 miles of freeway.
- It provides a direct benefit to several large distribution centers adjacent to the freeway. This is land that already has rail access, but lacks adequate trucking access.
- When this project is open to traffic, along with the adjacent US 2 to Wandermere segment in late 2011, traffic will be flowing over half of the 10.5-mile corridor.
- Completion of this segment of the NSC will provide lasting, long term economic benefits to one of the most economically distressed areas of nearby Spokane.
- Tiger Grant Award: $35 million
- Ad Date: March 22, 2010
- Construction Start: June 2010
- Estimated Completion: Late 2011
The NSC is considered a multi-modal corridor:
- Maximizes vehicle capacity and contributes to freight hauling competitiveness, by moving vehicles and freight traffic away from local arterials
- Supports alternative transportation choices by providing: park and ride lots, vanpooling operations,
- Reserves right-of-way for high capacity transit and provides a pedestrian/bicycle trail along its full length.
Download the North Spokane Freeway Corridor application (pdf 3MB)
Other TIGER Grant Submittals
SR 520 Corridor - $300 million
The SR 520 Medina to SR 202: Eastside Transit and HOV Project (aka the Eastside Project) will build an HOV lane between Lake Washington and SR 202 in Redmond. The $300 million requested in this grant application, would have advanded the project to the procurement phase.
The $300 million SR520 floating bridge replacement and HOV program projects enhance safety, improve community livability and provide mobility in one of Washington’s most economically important transportation corridors.
- These projects promote transit use and reliability by providing new HOV capacity between three of the state’s most vital employment centers.
- These improvements reduce greenhouse gas emissions, treat storm water, restore fish habitat and build new noise walls.
- These projects support jobs in an area experiencing significant business closures and unemployment.
- Innovative design involving “lids” over highway sections reconnect communities with landscaping and pedestrian, bicycle and transit facilities.
- The latest in traffic management and commuter information technology will support better individual decisions regarding choices of travel mode, time of day and route.
Download the SR 520 Medina to SR 202 Application (pdf 1MB)
Columbia River Crossing (SR 500 Interchange) - $147 million
WSDOT proposed to use TIGER funds to rebuild the I-5/SR 500 interchange to improve traffic flow between SR 500 and I-5 in Clark County. Regardless of the ultimate configuration and timing of the overall CRC project, these improvements would increase safety, reduce congestion and improve the region’s transportation system.
- Rebuilding the SR 500 Interchange is crucial to help mitigate construction impacts when the larger I-5 Columbia River Crossing bridge replacement project gets underway. The larger freeway style interchange will accommodate heavier traffic volumes and serve as a good alternate route through the area.
- This project by itself will provide jobs in a county experiencing one of the highest unemployment rates in Washington and will improve access to commercial and industrial areas for long term economic growth.
- The project improves mobility to and from I-5, an interstate USDOT designated as a Corridor of the Future because of its importance to west coast interstate travel and international trade and commerce.
- Pedestrians and bicyclists will have improved access to the local community and the rebuilt interchange benefits the environment by improving water quality through stormwater facility upgrades.
Download the SR 500 Interchange application (pdf 822kb)
View Gov. Gregoire's endorsement letter (pdf 237kb)
View FAQs about the application process.
Last revised on February 17, 2010