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Highway 195 Traffic Safety Corridor Project
US 195 is a four-lane, divided highway in the southwest corner of Spokane. The highway is the main route from Lewiston, Idaho through Pullman and Colfax and the growing Spokane neighborhoods of Latah Valley and Grandview/Thorpe.
As residential and commercial development expands along US 195, trafffic continues to grow, leading to greater congestion and increasing safety concerns.
Over the last 3 years there have been:
On U.S. Hwy 195...Stay Alert Stay Alive
For additional information on the project and public meeting/open-house events,
please link to: www.us195drivesafe.com
SR 27 Traffic Safety Corridor Project
The SR 27 Corridor consists of approximately 20 miles from Rockford (milepost 68.95) to Trent Avenue (SR 290) in the City of Spokane Valley (milepost 87.70). The project also includes SR 278 through Rockford (milepost 0.00 to 1.09). The traffic count ranges from 5,000 to 28,000 daily. The traffic is mainly commuter and local traffic with increasing volumes in the southern most portions as one of the primary routes to Hwy 95 to Worley, Idaho and Pullman, Washington.
In the three year period (February 2004 – January 2007) there were a total of 486 reported collisions. Ten of the collisions (2%) on the Corridor involved fatal or disabling injuries. The majority of collisions occur in clear, dry weather (66%) and during daylight hours (70%). Although the number of crashes is fairly consistent throughout the year, June and December are the highest months for collisions (22%). Wednesday is the highest day of the week for collisions. The hours of 3 – 5 p.m. have the largest number of collisions with four of the ten fatal/disabling collisions occurring during this time period.
The four leading contributing circumstances of collisions are: failing to yield; following too close; exceeding safe speed; and, disregarding signal. The seventeen year-old driver is over-represented in collisions on the Corridor. Rear-end and right angle collisions are higher in this Corridor than on other similar roads in the region and state. Failing to yield collisions are higher than on similar roads in the region and state and contribute to more fatal/disabling injuries. Under the influence of alcohol are also higher than on similar roads in the region and the state.
SR 291 Traffic Safety Corridor Project Update
The SR 291 Traffic Safety Corridor Project began on April 1, 2005. A few of the accomplishments in the first year include:
The Corridor project will continue through August of 2007.
The State Route 291 corridor was selected for a traffic safety project. The corridor extends from Francis Avenue at Division Street along State Route Hwy 291 to Nine Mile Falls, WA. The SR291 corridor consists of an approximate 11.0 mile section extending from Division Street at Francis Avenue to the Stevens County line. The traffic load ranges from 8,800 to 31,250 vehicles per day. The traffic is mainly of commuter and local traffic, with some recreational traffic on a seasonal basis.
Available data indicates that 447 crashes occured during the three-year period Jan 2000-Dec 2002. Two percent (2%) of the crashes along the corridor involved fatalities or disabling injuries.
The majority of crashes (approx. 69%) occur during clear, dry weather and during daylight hours (approx. 68%). Crashes are distributed fairly evenly throughout the months of the year. However, Saturdays are the highest day of the week. The late afternoon commute is clearly the high-crash time.
Four leading causes of crashes are: Following Too Close, Failing to Yield, Disregarding Signals and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. All occur at rates higher than for similar roadways in the region as well as within the state. Following Too Close is the cause of crashes at a rate of 43% higher and Disregarding Signals is the cause of disabling crashes at a rate of 62% higher than similar roadways in the region. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol is the second leading cause of fatal and disabling crashes, but those occur at a rate similar to other similar roadways.
SR 291 Traffic Safety Project seeks to reduce collisions on the corridor by using low-cost, short-term solutions through partnerships with community groups, business, engineering, enforcement education, public health and concerned citizens. Over the next few years, Spokane County residents can expect to see a myriad of education, enforcement, and engineering activities designed to make SR 291 safer for Spokane Residents.
Why was SR 291 selected?
A corridor is selected based on two things:
1. There is statistical evidence that a section or set of roadways has a significant crash problem.
2. There is energy on the local level to undertake a corridor project. Concerned citizens and lead community agencies jumped on board to lend their knowledge, expertise and resources to heighten community awareness about the corridor's concerns and to implement prevention methods.
What is the SR 291 Corridor?
The proposed SR 291 corridor project will run westbound on Francis, from Division to Nine Mile Road. The route is straddled by businesses and residential homes, is conducive for community mobilization and is positioned for a successful project.
What can I expect to see on SR 291 as a result of this project?
Spokane citizens can expect to see:
How can I get involved?
There are several ways you can get involved - simply placing the attached static cling sticker in your window helps to heighten awareness of the corridor project. Or, you can participate on the Task Force by contacting the Spokane County Traffic Safety Commission's Traffic Safety Coordinator, Peggy Hodges at 509/477-2342 or firstname.lastname@example.org
State Route 904 (Memorial Highway) Corridor