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Public Open House Meeting Notice

Revised Environmental Assessment and Appendices for the Bigelow Gulch Road/Forker Road Urban Connector Havana Street to Sullivan Road, Spokane County, Washington

Public Open House Meeting Wednesday, November 14, 2007

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
East Valley Middle School - Cafeteria
4920 N. Progress Road
Spokane Valley, WA

Why is Spokane County issuing this Notice?

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) on January 27, 2006, for public review of the Bigelow Gulch/Forker Road Urban Connector Project. Comments were received from the public and a Revised Environmental Assessment for this project has been issued on November 8, 2007. We are issuing this notice and holding a public open house on the Revised Environmental Assessment so that the community can learn about changes to the project, how this project might affect them and to give them an opportunity to comment. This notice fulfills requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Federal Highway Act (Title 23 U.S.C., 101 et. seq.) and amendments.

What is Spokane County planning to do in this project?

Spokane County proposes to widen and improve part of Bigelow Gulch Road to make it safer, accommodate more traffic, and allow freight to move through the area more easily. The proposed Urban Connector Alignment would be constructed along the existing Bigelow Gulch Road and Forker Road corridor. The 8.2-mile-long project would begin in the west near the Havana Street/Bigelow Gulch Road intersection and terminate in the east at the Sullivan Road/Wellesley Avenue intersection. From Havana Street to Forker Road/Progress Road (approximately 7.4 miles), the new roadway would be a rural-type, four-lane roadway with alternating gravel median to two-way left turn pockets and paved 8’ shoulders. Between Forker Road and Wellesley Road (approximately 0.8 mile), the new roadway would be an urban-type four-lane roadway with two-way left turn pockets, bike lanes and sidewalks. The Urban Connector Alignment project would straighten and widen the existing Bigelow Gulch and Forker Roads to meet the objectives of improved safety, reduced congestion, and support state and regional freight mobility initiatives.

Spokane County will use an informal arrangement at the public open house that allows for one-on-one discussion. Each participant may submit written comments at the open house or may submit their comments in writing to Spokane County. The project administrators will consider and include in the formal record all written comments received through December 8, 2007. Please submit your written comments to the Program Development Engineer, Bill Hemmings at Spokane County Public Works, 1026 West Broadway Ave., Spokane, WA 99260 or fax them to 509-477-7478. Comments can also be made on the Spokane County website through the Online Public Input Form.

Spokane County will display plans, maps, environmental documents and other pertinent information about this project at the public open house. Copies of the EA are available for review at the Spokane Public Library at 906 West Main Ave., Spokane, WA 99201 and the Argonne Public Library at 4322 North Argonne Road, Spokane, WA 99212. Additional copies of the EA will be available for no cost on a computer CD at the Spokane County Public Works at 1026 West Broadway Ave. Spokane, WA. The Environmental Assessment (EA) may also be reviewed and/or copied, at the address above.

The public meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring reasonable accommodation may request written materials in alternative formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations, or other reasonable accommodation by calling Ben Brown collect at (206) 440-4528 or the WSDOT ADA Accommodation Hotline (collect) at (206) 389-2839. Persons with hearing impairments may access WA State Telecommunications Relay Service (TTY) at 1-800-833-6388, or Tele-Braille at 1-800-833-6385, or Voice at 1-800-833-5384, and ask to be connected to (360) 705-7097.

Spokane County assures full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, national origin and sex in the provision of benefits and services.