At a special meeting last night, the Spokane Valley City Council agreed to let voters decide whether to change Sprague between Argonne and University and Appleway from Dishman Mica to University back to two-way streets. KXLY has the story on the decision and public reaction to it.
A lot of people have asked what will happen with $300,000 in federal funding from the Surface Transportation Program that was dedicated to the corridor years ago if the scope of the project changes. The question many want to know is if the Valley will have to pay it back. Well, it’s hard to say at this point. According to my sources, the Valley has about a year timeframe in which to complete an environement assessment (EA) on the project. If they don’t get that done, then the money will have to be paid back. So why wouldn’t they be able to get an EA done in that time? Because you can’t do an EA on a scenario if you’re not sure what to plan for. They have to wait to see what voters decide when it goes to a vote in November and after that the EA can start. They take time though so it could be a tight squeeze.