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(The Center Square) – Spokane Valley is seeking millions in federal funds for eight projects that will help prevent fatalities and pedestrian injuries and deaths.

The total cost to complete everything on the list is $26.5 million. However, Adam Jackson, principal engineer for planning and grants, does not expect the city to receive more than $3 million in grants, which will require a 10% match.

He told city council Tuesday that real estate excise taxes would cover the $300,000 game, though the city is more likely to receive between $1 million and $2 million due to competition for 35. million dollars in funds from the Federal Highway Administration. If the city completes construction on any project chosen for funding by April 2025, Jackson said the game would be canceled for that phase.

“It’s a motivation we seek and have achieved,” Jackson said of the scholarships that take place every two years.

He said the Washington State Department of Transportation issued a call for projects last November as part of its federally funded city safety program. Applications must be submitted by March 4 and are ranked for funding in terms of return on investment in public safety.

“We want to hopefully adapt to the least of what’s available,” Jackson said.

Spokane Valley has a population of nearly 98,000, and Jackson said these projects were priorities due to the high volume of injuries and fatalities:

  • a Pines Road/Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad grade separation at a total cost of $19.3 million;
  • Install roundabout at Barker Road and Fourth Avenue, $3 million;
  • Install roundabout at Barker Road and 8th Avenue, $2.3 million;
  • Crosswalk from Sprague Avenue to Chronicle Road, $300,000;
  • Sprague Avenue crosswalk between McKinnon and Howe Roads, $300,000;
  • Sprague Avenue crosswalk at City Hall, $469,000, although $163,685 is funded by Spokane Transit;
  • State Route 290 access control at Dale, McDonald and Evergreen roads, $430,000; and
  • Retroreflective flagging strips in 17 locations, $125,000.

After hearing Jackson’s presentation, city council gave him the go-ahead on Feb. 22 to apply for funding, which will be distributed this fall.

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