US 2 Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project – Airway Heights, WA
Update- December 6, 2023:
Our initial plans targeted fall 2023 for an open house presenting 30% design concepts. The City, consultant team, and WSDOT are currently navigating ongoing design considerations. Our commitment to delivering a well-thought-out and safe roadway design is paramount, and we want to ensure the design meets the highest standards.
Considering these developments, we have rescheduled our public outreach open house to late January or early February 2024. This adjustment will afford us the necessary time to thoroughly review design alternatives, incorporate valuable community input, and present a more refined proposal during the public engagement sessions.
We understand the importance of this project to our community, and we are dedicated to fostering open communication throughout the process. We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause and appreciate your continued patience and engagement.
Thank you for your participation and support for this project.
The City of Airway Heights is redesigning US 2, focusing first on the segment between Lawson and Lundstrom. The recent Downtown Strategic Plan and US 2 Corridor Study explored some concepts of what the roadway might look like, and the community has long sought ways to improve the corridor’s appearance, safety, and pedestrian friendliness. Designs for this first effort will be complete by June 2024, and the City is hoping to involve the public every step of the way. Funding for phase I of this project is provided by a pilot federal grant program to “reconnect communities,” taking a fresh look at this highway corridors to serve the north and south communities. Funding for Phase II of this project is provided by the Sandy Williams Connecting Communities Program facilitated through the Washington State Department of Transportation.
The design team is now developing US 2 conceptual designs, including bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, hoping to complete a “30% design” by Halloween. The team is incorporating feedback from business owners and optimizing access to local businesses along the US 2 corridor, while making sure the concepts are reflective of the objectives included in the Downtown Strategic Plan, the US 2 Corridor Study, and the Comprehensive Plan. The City of Airway Heights will host a community open house to share and gather feedback on the conceptual designs soon, possibly as early as the second or third week of November. Stay tuned to this website for updates and join us at the open house if you’re available!
For additional information, please visit the project website: http://www.airwayheightsus2design.org/