Children who live within a stone’s throw of Trent Elementary School have been bused for years because there is no safe way for them to cross busy Pines Road.
That could change, however, if a new traffic signal is installed at the intersection of Pines and the Mirabeau Parkway.
The city is ready to go with matching funds – courtesy of dollars provided by the developer of the nearby apartments that house many of those kids – it’s just a matter of securing state funding, Steve Worley, senior capital projects engineer, told the Spokane Valley City Council at Tuesday’s study session.
“If we have a developer (providing funds), it makes it look really good,” Worley said.
That project, along with four others, could be funded through state Transportation Improvement Board funds that have been made available for this region. Worley said the traffic signal is a strong contender because the project is shovel-ready and due to the high traffic counts in the area.
“It warrants a signal there,” Worley said.
The project will also help Mirabeau Ranch residents living a bit farther south get greater access to their neighborhood. Traffic stopped at the light will give cars a chance to get on and off Pines from Grace and Buckeye avenues. Worley said a left-turn lane for drivers headed northbound on Pines at Grace is also being eyed.
“Both projects should work together well,” he said.
Other projects that could receive state funding include:
- Road-preservation work on McDonald Road between Eighth and Mission avenues.
- Reconstruction at the intersection of Sullivan Road and Euclid Avenue.
- Reconstruction at the intersections of Mullan and Argonne roads on Broadway Avenue.
- Sidewalks on Bowdish Road between Eighth and 12th avenues near Opportunity Elementary School. Additional sidewalks on 11th Avenue on the south side of the street between Bowdish and Wilbur roads are also being considered.
The sidewalk project is one that has been discussed for years, said Mayor Dean Grafos.
“This just goes on and on,” he said. “We’ve got to prioritize it.”
A motion to approve a request for grant funding for the projects will go before the council at next Tuesday’s regular meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.