Bicycles / Pedestrians




Bridging the Valley





Bridging the Valley

What is Bridging the Valley?

Bridging the Valley (BTV) is a 2006 study that proposes separating vehicle traffic from train traffic in the 42 mile corridor between Spokane, WA and Athol, ID. A map of the corridor and proposed project sites is below.

The separation of railroad and roadway grades in this corridor—which includes 75 railroad/roadway crossings— is inteded to promote future economic growth, traffic movement, traffic safety, and train whistle noise abatement.

BTV Projects Recommended for Construction by Horizon 2040

SRTC's long-range transportation plan, Horizon 2040, includes a list of projects and programs recommended to be completed by 2040. This list includes three BTV projects that are considered "regionally significant." The three projects are:

SRTC classifies a project as regionally significant if it:

The remaining BTV projects do not, at this time, fit the definition of regionally significant and therefore are not recommended for construction. Regional decision makers continue to evaluate the priority of BTV projects, especially in light of severely limited transportation funding resources and the need to secure commitment from the railroads. It's possible that the status of those projects could change in the future and with updates to Horizon 2040 in coming years.

What Improvements Does BTV Offer?

By removing all the identified at-grade rail crossings, Bridging the Valley proposes to:

What Projects Does BTV Recommend?

If constructed in its entirety, BTV proposes to:

The map below shows the overall alignment of projects and associated roadway and railroad grade crossings. Click on each of the grade crossings for more information and detail or click the link below the map for the fact sheet for each individual project.

Napa Pines Havana Spokane River Barker-Wellesley Harvard Idaho Rathdrum Brunner Highway 54 Helena Madelia Park Argonne Sullivan Starr Pleasant View Greensferry Highway 41 Ramsey


What is the Timeline?

There is currently no substantial funding available to construct any of the proposed BTV projects.There is a small amount of money allocated to two future BTV projects; the Barker Road project has received $1 million in earmarks and there is $5 million in federal funding available to put toward the Pleasantview Road BTV project in Idaho. Those projects have not been started, or scheduled, as that money will only fund a portion of each project.

It is not clear at this time when, or if, money will be available to move forward with any BTV projects.

How are environmental concerns being addressed?

As projects moves through the engineering and environmental processes, the responsible jurisdiction will determine what permits and approvals are required; the appropriate level of environmental analysis; whether the project would adversely affect any threatened or endangered species, the aquifer, or wetlands along the route; and the answers to any other important environmental questions.