The Spokane County Public Works Department announced plans this morning for phases 4A and 4 of the Bigelow Gulch Urban Connector Project in 2017 and 2018.
The county has already completed Phases 1 (Havana to near Palmer) and 3A (Bigelow/Argonne intersection).
Bigelow Gulch and Forker Road both consist of two lanes with 1- to 3-foot paved shoulders. The current roadway configuration limits passing opportunities and increases the chance of collisions. These roads are classified as rural minor arterials and have posted speed limits of 35 to 45 mph.
Work is scheduled to begin late this summer on Phase 4A. It will feature a redesigned intersection where Bigelow and Forker Road meet. Prior to the start of construction, Public Works will provide advanced notification and detailed maps of the construction area. In 2018, Phase 4 of the project – from Old Argonne Road to Evergreen Road is scheduled to be constructed.
Beginning in 1997, Spokane County saw daily traffic increasing on Bigelow Gulch and Forker Roads, especially truck and freight traffic. That combination of traffic volume and truck traffic on a narrow, curvy roadway has led to a very high number of accidents, some of them fatal. To make Bigelow Gulch safer and reduce traffic congestion, Spokane County proposed a phased plan to widen and improve the roadway and, when finished, complete the corridor from north Spokane to Spokane Valley.
The project will straighten and widen both the existing Bigelow Gulch Road and Forker Road to meet the objectives of improved safety, reduced traffic congestion, and support of state and regional freight mobility initiatives.
These improvements are referred to as the “Bigelow Gulch/Forker Corridor Project.”
For more information, go to spokanecounty.org/2724/Bigelow-GulchForker-Rd-Urban-Connector.