There are over $100 million in road construction projects scheduled throughout Spokane County during the 2018 construction season, which generally starts this month. That means it may be a challenge getting around the area without being delayed by construction zones.
You don’t have to sit in traffic jams though. While construction is necessary to repair our roads and keep them safe, if you can avoid construction zones, it is best to do so to increase safety, reduce your time in the car, and cut down on pollution caused by idling vehicles.
SRTC’s Spokane Regional Road Construction Map helps drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users navigate the many road construction projects that will pop up around the region. Each year, we partner with jurisdictions in Spokane County to put all construction projects that impact traffic on one map. This countywide map helps prevent delays caused by road construction, because being stuck in traffic costs us all time and money- about $911, to be specific. That’s how much the average commuter in our area pays each year for gas and time lost to being stalled by delays caused by construction and other issues. Plus, Spokane drivers spent an average of 15 hours each sitting in traffic in 2017.
The online, interactive Construction Map can be viewed on all devices- smartphones, tablets or regular computers. It lets users zoom in on their neighborhood or commute route to see what projects could slow them down. For more details, click on the colored line or point that denotes a project location to read a description of it and find links to more information. The Regional Road Construction Map is updated weekly to show when projects are complete or new ones start. Projects are removed from the map as they are wrapped up.
The map can also be embedded in emails and social media posts to share with friends and colleagues. View the 2018 Spokane Regional Road Construction Map at www.srtc.org/ConstructionMap to see what projects are scheduled for your neighborhood. You can also view and experiment with additional maps on the SRTC ArcGIS Online home page here.