The Bridging the Valley (BTV) project will separate vehicle traffic from train traffic in the 42 mile corridor between Spokane, Washington and Athol, Idaho. The separation of railroad and roadway grades in this corridor--which currently includes 75 railroad roadway crossings--will promote future economic growth, traffic mobility, traffic safety, and train whistle noise abatement.
Bi-State Cooperation Among Stakeholders:
The project has been a collaborative effort between various stakeholders in Washington and Idaho.
As of late 2013, there is no substantial funding available to construct any of the proposed BTV projects. There is a small amount of money allocated to two future BTV projects; the Barker Road project has received $1 million in earmarks and there is $5 million in federal funding available to put toward the Pleasant View Road BTV project in Idaho. Those projects have not been started, or scheduled, as that money will only fund a portion of each project.
It is not clear at this time when money will be available to move forward with any BTV projects.
By removing all the identified at-grade rail crossings, Bridging the Valley proposes to: