North-South Corridors Studied

If you haven’t heard about the Cascadia Inland Corridors initiative, you might want to ask your DOT regional administrator about it, since it has the promise of being something big for Washington state traffic movement in the future. The project, being coordinated by the Discovery Institute in Seattle, has the goals of improving freight mobility, promoting passenger rail service, improving border crossings and promoting tourism, says Bruce Agnew, project director.

Part of the project is looking at three Northwest highways, U.S. 395, 97 and 95, for possible development as major north-south corridors to relieve the heavy trafic loads and congestion on interstates 5 and 15 from Canada to the south. Representatives from British Columbia, Washington, Idaho and Oregon have held several meetings on the issue and will continue discussions in the months ahead.