PROJECT: Bridging the Valley

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. 


Click on the Bridging the Valley brochure to view the pdf.



Bi-State Cooperation Among Stakeholders:

The project has been a collaborative effort between various stakeholders in Washington and Idaho.



Bridging the Valley Update:


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.

What Improvements Does BTV Offer?

By removing all the identified at-grade rail crossings, Bridging the Valley proposes to:

  • Improve public safety by reducing rail/vehicle collisions;
  • Improve emergency access to residents and businesses along the corridor;
  • Eliminate waiting times for cars and trucks at rail crossings;
  • Reduce noise levels, especially train whistles near crossings;
  • Improve traffic flow due to separated grade crossings; and
  • Enhance development opportunities with a single rail corridor served by the region’s largest railroads.