US 195 - Thorpe Rd Intersection Improvements - Completed October 2019

Project news

Construction at Thorpe Road for intersection improvements are complete. 

Needs & benefits

This project is located on US 195 between MP 94.44 and 95.44 in Spokane County. The project involved hot mix asphalt paving, illumination, and guardrail improvements. This project constructed a new feature for our area called "J-Turns".

The J-turn is an alternative to having an open median along a four-lane highway. Motorists no longer utilize the center median to cross fast-moving lanes of traffic to get to the opposing lanes. Instead of drivers crossing the center median to get to opposing lanes, drivers will turn right to go north or southbound on US 195, merge into the left lane, and then make a u-turn in the direction they intend to travel, in the J-turn. Drivers will have to drive slightly further to make the J-turn however, they can take the same amount of time waiting for a safe and appropriate gap to cross traffic in a traditional median. When completed the project will include two "J-turns", to improve the intersection safety by reducing conflict points.

US 195 and Thorpe Road intersection improvements, come from low-cost improvement options proposed in 2016. Learn more about the original Hatch Road to Interstate 90 project.


All work was completed in October 2019.


Financial Data for PIN 619509Q
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)

  • Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) - $1,456
  • Total - $1,456


Ryan Overton, communications
2714 N. Mayfair St.
Spokane, WA 99207
(509) 324-6014