What is the project?
In response to citizen’s concerns about recent collisions at the intersection of US 2 near Colbert Road, located 14 miles north of Spokane, WSDOT is meeting with the community to discuss options designed to improve safety.
June 29, 2020 Update (sent via email to meeting participants)
When we last met, we promised to get back to you after the 2020 legislative session with proposed solutions to address safety issues at the intersection of US2 and Colbert Road. However, we quickly entered a lockdown situation because of COVID-19, which has had a devastating financial impact on our country, the state of Washington and WSDOT.
In light of the fiscal crisis outlined in Secretary Millar’s June 1 letter to the Office of Financial management It is going to take us some time to understand and recover from the impacts, but as it stands, many of the planned projects will no longer be funded. Projects that aren’t already on the list – like this one – won’t be considered. Therefore, we are not in the position to make any changes to the intersection at this time.
These are difficult times with mountains of uncertainty. We care about the residents, business owners, and students in the vicinity of US 2 and Colbert Road, and hope that there will come a time in the not too distant future where we can come together again to discuss solutions. In the meantime, should you have any questions, use the feedback form at: https://engage.wsdot.wa.gov/us-2-colbert-intersection/feedback/. We will direct your inquiry and get back to you as quickly as possible.
At the first public meeting held on November 1, 2018, WSDOT heard citizens’ concerns about collisions and driver safety at the intersection of US 2 and Colbert Road and committed to developing options for potential safety improvements.
The second public meeting was held on January 16, 2019. As promised at the Nov. 1 public meeting WSDOT presented four potential safety improvement options and received input from citizens. WSDOT committed to requesting funding from the legislature.
At the third public meeting, WSDOT presented refined options after getting funding input from the legislature. People in attendance voted to hold off and wait until early 2020 before making any project decisions so that WSDOT can approach legislators to see if funding to build j-turns is a possibility.