Bigelow Gulch Corridor Safety and Mobility Project

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Project Description

The objective is to secure federal funding required to complete the important safety and freight improvements on our regional corridor. The Bigelow Gulch/Forker Corridor Improvement realigns, widens and reconstructs a dangerous rural freight route that connects into a busy urban corridor at Sullivan Road and Wellesley Avenue. Once connected, the corridor will serve to connect regional industries from northeast Spokane and east Spokane Valley, bypassing Interstate 90 through the congested downtown core. The project will improve safety and reliability of the existing corridor supporting the rapid-growing freight movements across the Inland Northwest.

Raise Grant Narrative

Build Grant Narrative

Bigelow Gulch and Forker Road Corridor Project Video

Project Components

From west to east the project components are:

  • Reconstruction and realignment of 1.3 miles of Bigelow Gulch Road between west of Palmer Road and Weile Avenue
  • Reconstruction of 0.9 miles of Bigelow Gulch Road between Weile Avenue and Argonne Road
  • Realignment and construction of 0.5 miles of Sullivan Road (Forker Road) between Progress Road and Wellesley Avenue. This section will include paved shoulders as well as a multi-use pathway on the west side and a sidewalk on the east side to facilitate connections to the East Valley Middle School and East Valley High School. A pedestrian and multi-use tunnel will also be constructed under Sullivan Road to allow students direct access to play fields
  • Signalization and reconstruction of the Wellesley Avenue intersection at Sullivan Road
  • Install ITS fiber along the length of the corridor and radios at the Sullivan & Wellesley and Sullivan & Trent Avenue / SR-290 intersections. One variable message sign (VMS), four pan-tilt-zoom cameras and two permanent traffic recorder stations will also be installed along the corridor

Project Partners and Stakeholders

Letters of Support

The Bigelow Gulch project has been strongly supported for 19 years by public partnerships. Spokane County has been and will continue to deliver the project components while coordinating with the City of Spokane, the City of Spokane Valley, and WSDOT.

The Bigelow Gulch project funding partners include:

  • Transportation Improvement Board
  • Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Spokane Northeast Public Development Authority
  • County Road Administration Board Rural Arterial Program
  • City of Spokane Valley

There are numerous stakeholders who support this rural improvement project, including:

  • US Senator Patty Murray
  • US Senator Maria Cantwell
  • US Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers
  • Washington State Senator Mike Padden
  • Washington State Representative Bob McCaslin
  • Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Spokane Regional Transportation Council
  • City of Spokane
  • City of Spokane Valley
  • City of Millwood
  • Crown West Realty (Spokane Business & Industrial Park)
  • Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Spokane Incorporated
  • Spokane Transit Authority
  • West Valley School District
  • Mead School District
  • East Valley School District
  • Spokane Area Good Roads Association
  • Inland Empire Distribution Systems (IEDS) Logistics
  • Spokane County Fire District 9
  • Spokane County Sherriff’s Office
  • Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency

Supporting Documentation



Contact Us

Brandi Colyar P.E.
Capital Projects Program Manager

1026 W Broadway Avenue
Public Works Building
Spokane, WA 99260-0170