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West Plains Subarea Transportation Management Plan – Background

Identify Needs

Throughout the study we looked to identify the possible factors contributing to the current transportation conditions surrounding the US 2 corridor and found: 

  • A lack of a local, street network, which contributes to more travelers using US 2. 
  • A lack of multi-modal (transit, bicycles, and pedestrians) transportation options, which can increase travel times and the dependency on vehicle trips.
  • Census data that indicates 95% of people who work in the West Plains area, live in areas outside of the West Plains
  • Increased growth and development in West Plains is a regional priority.

Study Objectives

The following are some of the planned improvements that were identified for the study area:

  • Safety – evaluate and identify strategies to improve the safety performance for all modes of travel, such as adding strategic left-turn restrictions along the US 2 corridor.
  • Mobility – evaluate and identify strategies to improve the mobility for all modes of travel, such as developing a supporting local roadway network, increasing transit service, improving the ability to walk and bike in and around the US 2 corridor. These strategies may include Transportation Systems Management & Operations (TSMO) and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies. See WSDOT TSMO Page
  • Quality of Life – evaluate and identify strategies to enhance the quality of life in the West Plains subarea.
  • Economic Vitality – evaluate and identify strategies to enhance economic vitality on the West Plains subarea. 

Targeted Outcomes

  • Create a plan to address transportation needs that are based on land use growth projections, and includes a prioritized list of strategies and funding options
  • Identify local network improvements that will support US 2 mobility, including parallel corridor such as 6th /10th/12th Ave and the 18th/21st Ave. Determine the local alignments and connections to the transportation system.
  • Identify achievable “practical solutions” system improvements, including on and off the state network prioritization, future programming and implementation.
  • Select strategies that promote predictable and reliable travel and response times for emergency services and Fairchild Air Force Base.
  • Identify potential right of way needs.
  • Analyze the impacts of land use development in the West Plains to US 2 and the regional network.
  • Review previous West Plains study outcomes to identify opportunities to further advance and/or adjust as needed to align with current goals and performance needs.

Previous West Plains Studies and Plans:

  • 2006 – City of Airway Heights – Highway 2 Revitalization – Completed
  • 2009 – City of Spokane – Master Bike Plan – Completed
  • 2009 – Fairchild Air Force Base (FAFB) – Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)
  • 2010 – WSDOT – WA Airport & Compatible Land Use Guidebook
  • 2010 – WSDOT – US 2 Route Development Plan, Lincoln Co. Line to I-90 MP 266.86 to MP 283.01
  • 2011 – SRTC – West Plains-Spokane International Airport (SIA) Transportation Study
  • 2011 – Spokane Tribe – West Plains Development – TIA
  • 2012 – Spokane County – Comprehensive Plan
  • 2012 – City of Spokane – Spokane AIR – West Site Transportation Analysis
  • 2013 – WSDOT – Land Development Risks along State Transportation Corridor, WSDOT
  • 2013 – VE Study I-90/SR 902 I/C Improvements, Value Management Strategies
  • 2014 – City of Spokane – West Plains Subarea Transportation Plan
  • 2014 – Spokane International Airport Master Plan
  • 2015 – Rowand Business Park, Morrison Maierle, Inc.
  • 2016 – City of Spokane – Comprehensive Plan update 2017
  • 2016 – City of Spokane – Comprehensive Plan 2017 Appendix D update
  • 2017 – City of Airway Heights- Transportation Circular Plan
  • 2017 – City of Airway Heights – US 2 Plan Model Zoning Overlay
  • 2018 – WSDOT Corridor Sketch Initiative, US 2: Craig Rd to Russell Rd, MP 277.2 to MP 281.5
  • 2018 – Project Rose Traffic Impact Analysis
  • 2018 – WSDOT Four Lakes to Idaho Operations Study, May 2018
  • 2019 – Spokane Region ITS Architecture Plan WSDOT
  • 2020 – Airway Heights Transportation & Comprehensive Plan – CoAH
  • 2021 – West Plains Connection, 16th/10th/12th Corridor Design Report – S3R3
Targeted outcomes and goals