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Eastern Region - E-Mail Update Newsletter

December 2016

Welcome to our November newsletter. This month we talk about the North Spokane Corridor project.

As always, if you have any questions on items in this newsletter, or other transportation issues, please let me know. Give us a call at (509) 324-6010 or send me an email at gribnem@wsdot.wa.gov.

Mike Gribner
Regional Administrator
WSDOT Eastern Region

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North Spokane Corridor happenings

Over the last month we met with Spokane Neighborhood Council representatives to get their thoughts on the transportation facility and our processes as we begin shaping the look of the new freeway. There were some excellent conversations, with representatives from Hillyard, East Central, Bemiss, Minnehaha, Chief Garry, Logan, Whitman, and Lincoln Heights neighborhoods providing some valuable insight on the project.

With the help and guidance from Eastern Washington University, we are getting ready to embark on a “placemaking” process. Placemaking is defined as “a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well-being.” We hope to explore the placemaking potential along the route with the help of community residents and leaders over the next few months. Stay tuned for more details on that process and how you can participate.

The final report from the USDOT Every Place Counts has been released. The process was an excellent beginning of conversations about how transportation facilities can enhance the livability of the community while preserving the vital movement of people and freight. While the boulevard concept will not be pursued for either the NSC or I-90, we look forward to the upcoming discussions on how some of the other proposed concepts can move ahead and be a part of the placemaking work.