Two options for realigning Pines Road to create an underpass below the BNSF Railway tracks south of Trent Avenue will be presented at a community meeting Wednesday, October 4, 5-7 p.m. at CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place in Spokane Valley.
To improve safety and reduce traffic congestion, the underpass will replace the at-grade railroad crossing on Pines Rd. In addition, the at-grade BNSF crossing at either University Rd. or Vista Rd. may also be eliminated.
Based on the average number of minutes the railroad crossing gate is down, it’s estimated that 162 minutes per day of vehicle wait time will be eliminated. Removal of the at-grade crossing also eliminates the need for trains to sound horns at the affected intersections, making the adjacent neighborhoods quieter.