I-90 - Medical Lake Interchange Improvements

What to expect

Medical Lake/SR 902 interchange closing for 10 days

Work from Sept. 30 through Oct. 9 will require detours and extra travel time during the closure. Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will be closing SR 902 at the intersection of SR 902 and the westbound I-90 on and off-ramps. This means drivers trying to access westbound I-90 at the Medical Lake/SR 902 interchange will need to use detours to access westbound I-90. 

  • Possible detour routes to access westbound I-90
    • Westbound I-90 drivers wanting to exit at Medical Lake/SR 902 and travel to Medical Lake will need to exit at Geiger Blvd. and travel west on Geiger Blvd. to reach SR 902.
    • Drivers wanting access to westbound I-90 from SR 902 can take SR 902 west, then go south on Craig Rd. and make a left on SR 904 to access westbound I-90. Drivers can also travel east on SR 902 and continue on to Geiger Blvd. at Grove Rd. drivers can then access westbound I-90.
    • Drivers wanting access south of the Medical Lake/SR 902 interchange will need to exit at Geiger Blvd. take Thorpe Rd., onto Thomas Mallen Rd. then Westbow Rd.
    • Drivers wanting to access westbound I-90 from south of the Medical Lake/SR 902 interchange will use eastbound I-90 to Geiger Blvd. before then returning west.
  • During the closure eastbound I-90 on and off-ramps at the Medical Lake/SR 902 interchange will remain open.

The SR 902 Interchange Reconstruction project is located at the existing Highway 902 Interchange at exit 272 along I-90. The project includes the construction of - 

  • A temporary speed limit reduction of 70 mph to 60 mph on I-90 will go into effect starting Wednesday, July 31 within the project limits.
  • A new parallel bridge over I-90. This will allow two lanes of traffic in each direction along with the construction of a shared use path for those who bike or walk.
  • Build three multi-lane roundabouts
    • Two will be constructed at the east and west on and off-ramps to I-90.
    • A third roundabout will be constructed at SR 902 and Geiger Blvd.
    • Each roundabout will be built in phases to allow traffic to move through the area without significant closures.
  • Modifying three of the four ramps to and from I-90.
    • Westbound off-ramp will extend the length of the ramp to increase safety.
    • Eastbound off-ramp will create a bus-only lane into the recently opened Spokane Transit Authority (STA) facility.
    • Eastbound on-ramp will be widened to accommodate an additional lane for future ramp metering.
  • For people using bicycles or those walking and rolling (assistive devices, wheelchairs) a shared use path will be constructed to connect to the STA facility. The shared use path will also connect into Spokane County's path that will be constructed along Geiger Blvd. to the north of I-90.

The project has been awarded to N.A. Degerstrom, Inc.

Needs & benefits

The existing ramp terminal and intersection at SR 902 currently see traffic volumes that exceed their ability to function properly. With the addition of the new Amazon fulfillment center, the congestion at these locations will continue to deteriorate and back up traffic in the area. The addition of the roundabouts will accommodate the increased traffic and allow for the interchange to operate more efficiently over the next 10-20 years. The modifications to the interchange on and off-ramps will increase the safety of the interchange.

The shared use path will allow people walking or using a bicycle to move through the area without inconvenience.

Timeline

Construction will begin June 24, 2019, and be completed in late fall 2020.

View current construction and traffic impacts.

Funding

Financial Data for PIN 609047C
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $684
CWA $15,171
Total $15,855

Contact

Mark Allen, project engineer
WSDOT Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA  99207
(509) 324-6232