Three options have emerged for the Children of the Sun trail connecting Hillyard to the East Central neighborhood as work on the North Spokane Corridor heats up over the next several years. One would include elevating the trail alongside the interstate, but bike and pedestrian interests are less than enthused about the idea.
Federal regulations concerning competition against private charters may limit what the public transit authority can do to help the issue facing Spokane schools. But the agencies are trying to work together to ease students' delays in getting to school.
The Biden administration has announced it will prioritize funding for transportation projects promoting equity and sustainability. That has local traffic planners rethinking their pitches for federal cash.
Closing the short on-ramp near the Thor/Freya couplet will speed up rush hour drive time on the freeway, but would make for longer pauses for cars hoping to merge at the next ramp to the east, traffic planners said.
With the backing of the city of Spokane and support from City Councilwoman Betsy Wilkerson, the East Central neighborhood council and others, WSDOT recently submitted a grant that would allocate $1.3 million to “look at the potential of a land bridge across I-90.”