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Greensferry overpass proposal still alive

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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012 12:00 am

POST FALLS - A proposal that would fund an Interstate 90 overpass on Greensferry Road in Post Falls is advancing in the city and urban renewal processes.

The plan, which would extend the expiration year of the East Post Falls Urban Renewal District from 2015 to 2022, will be considered by the Post Falls City Council after a public hearing on Dec. 4.

The council earlier this year agreed to consider the proposal again after turning it down nearly two years ago, partially because it involves federal property.

However, new life came when citizen and business surveys indicated strong support for the project aimed at creating another north-south passage across I-90 to enhance vehicle and pedestrian traffic and emergency response.

"If it proceeds, it will be positive in many aspects," Mayor Clay Larkin said.

The Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency in October passed a resolution recommending extending the life of the East Post Falls URD. The city's Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday agreed that the proposal is consistent with the city's comprehensive plan.

The overpass, which would be between the Highway 41 interchange and the westbound offramp at Seltice Way, is listed as one of the original projects in the URD's plan adopted in 2002.

"We anticipate additional business development along the Greensferry corridor," said Tom Lien, URA executive director.

With urban renewal districts, incremental taxes that are paid based on the higher assessed values after development are remitted to the URA and are, in turn, paid to the proponent or developer for the cost of the infrastructure to improve the district.

The project is estimated to cost $14 million for construction, $2 million for right of way acquisition and $1.2 million for preliminary and final engineering.

City and urban renewal officials have said construction could begin as early as 2014 if the URD's extension is approved.

Some details about the project, including who would manage the design and construction of the overpass and be responsible for the right of way acquisition and maintenance, are being discussed by city, state and urban renewal officials.

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  • 5inPfs posted at 2:07 pm on Wed, Nov 21, 2012.

    5inPfs Posts: 763

    Greyhound, I know you say you live here, but you are so out of touch with what Post Falls needs that sometimes I wonder.

  • 5inPfs posted at 2:06 pm on Wed, Nov 21, 2012.

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  • Always Curious posted at 12:31 pm on Wed, Nov 21, 2012.

    Always Curious Posts: 516

    A much needed project that would be useful to many, much more so than that self-serving waste of funds misdirected towards a Cabelas highway interchange.

  • greyhound2 posted at 7:36 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    greyhound2 Posts: 897

    Yup. A boondoggle project turned down repeatly is just resurrected over and over until the voters are completely burned out and nobody shows up anymore so 5 people can vote 3 to 2 and saddle everybody in the county with the bill.

  • Ziggy posted at 4:08 pm on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    Ziggy Posts: 1284

    There used to be three bridges: Pleasantview, Greensferry, and Spokane St in Post Falls.
    All three are needed. There are many more people who lives on the other side of the river who might need emergency services. To have one bridge is ridiculous.

  • 5inPfs posted at 12:25 pm on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    5inPfs Posts: 763

    I agree with idcitycowgirl. This overpass is long overdue.

    I also think the bridge over the river at Greensferry is long over due as well. Perhaps you could spearhead the grass roots group to get that going, Voxpop. I'd join!

  • idcitycowgirl posted at 7:01 am on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    idcitycowgirl Posts: 1

    I would have to say that I disagree with you. Having the Greensferry overpass would not only save time & money, but people who live on the north side of the freeway (near Greensferry) would have the convenience of getting to businesses on Seltice Way instead of taking that extra 5 minutes just to get to those businesses! I find that putting in this overpass would positivelly impact businesses in Post Falls, bringing in more money and jobs to the area. Another convenience, too, is emergency vehicles getting to people faster...I am sure you wouldn't want to wait 5 extra minutes to get emergency help.

  • voxpop posted at 5:25 am on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Close to $20M for an overpass to accommodate a handful of people in order to save 5 minutes max. Oh wait. It's free money from another URD. Why not! A much better use of that money would be to build a bridge over the river at Greensferry. Many more people served and time saved. Oh wait. That would be just for people's benefit - not business. Can't have that.

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