State Transportation Commission to meet with Spokane Valley officials, Nov. 15

Washington State Transportation Commission – NEWS
Transportation Commission Office – PO Box 47308 – Olympia, WA 98504-7308

November 9, 2017

Contact: Reema Griffith, WSTC Executive Director, 360-705-7070 (Olympia)

Highway naming to honor Freeman High School student on the agenda

SPOKANE VALLEY – Local officials and community leaders from Spokane Valley and the surrounding region will meet with the Washington State Transportation Commission next week to share their perspectives on transportation issues, challenges, and successes.

On Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 14, the commission will tour transportation facilities and projects in Spokane Valley and other areas, including the North Spokane Corridor, the route for the Central City Line, and several railroad crossings.

The community meeting takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Council Chambers, Spokane Valley City Hall, 10210 E. Sprague Ave. This is a public meeting and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled for 4:45 p.m.

The meeting features a series of short presentations on transportation topics in the region, including an overview from the Spokane Regional Transportation Council. Briefings in the morning focus on the transportation needs of Spokane Valley, Spokane County, and the cities of Spokane and Liberty Lake. Attendees will also hear presentations on public transportation and passenger rail.

The afternoon agenda highlights the links between transportation and economic development, with presentations on business development, tourism, rail transportation, and air travel. The Spokane Tribe and the Washington Department of Transportation also will discuss recent transportation challenges and successes. Recognizing that travel choices impact health and environmental quality, commissioners also will hear how Spokane area communities are acting to improve and expand walking and bicycling as travel options.

At 3 p.m., the commission will take action on a proposal to name State Route 27 from Rockford to south of Spokane Valley (milepost 68.9 to 82) for Sam Strahan, a 15-year old sophomore at Freeman High School. On Sept. 13, 2017, Strahan confronted an armed student in the halls of his high school and was fatally shot in an effort to stop the gunman.

The Washington State Transportation Commission holds several meetings throughout the state each year to gain insight from local government, industry and citizens about transportation issues that affect their communities and region. This information helps the commission to develop and

implement transportation policies and recommendations to the State Legislature and Governor that reflect the priorities of the people and local governments throughout the State of Washington. Earlier in 2017, the commission met in Centralia, Friday Harbor, Kent, and Leavenworth.

For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit:


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