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Learn more about roundabout construction on US 2 near Airway Heights

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:16

Al Gilson, communications, 509-324-6015

Members of the community are invited to learn more about a roundabout project and other intersection improvements that will be constructed this summer on US 2 at the west edge of Airway Heights.

On Wednesday, July 12, the Spokane Tribe of Indians in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Transportation and the City of Airway Heights will host an informational open house to highlight construction details of the new roundabout that will provide access to the new STEP Development and Spokane Tribe Casino near the US 2/Craig Road intersection.

Open house information

  • When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 12
  • Where: Airway Heights Community Center, 13120 W. 13th (13th & Lundstrom)

There is no formal presentation. During the open house, Spokane Tribe and WSDOT staff will discuss the schedule for the work as well as construction impacts that will affect all users of the road.

The Tribe conducted an analysis, as part of their planning and approval process with federal and state agencies, to determine the traffic safety and congestion effects of the casino on US 2. The results of the analysis indicated that a roundabout would be the best strategy to safely handle the increased traffic at the entrance to the new casino. WSDOT’s traffic engineers are in agreement with the study’s conclusions.

An engineering consulting firm is working with the Spokane Tribe to complete the design and build a multi-lane roundabout on US 2 and the casino entrance, located near Craig Road on the north side of US 2. Improvements will also be constructed at the Craig Road intersection.  Construction will be underway and completed this summer. The consulting engineering firm will manage the private contractor that constructs the new intersection. The project will be fully funded by the Spokane Tribe.

At more and more locations in Washington state, roundabouts are the recommended alternative for safely handling traffic at busy intersections, even on busy, higher speed highways. This roundabout, along with a similar project on US 2 for the new Costco Wholesale location, will be the first multi-lane designs in the Spokane area. More information about roundabouts is available on the WSDOT Blog and the Roundabout web page.

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