SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane County Public Works Department announced plans Thursday morning to continue to improve the intersection of Bigelow Gulch and Forker Road as part of the Urban Connect Project.

The 2017-2018 portion of the project consists of two phases; phase 4A features a redesigned intersection where Bigelow and Forker Rd meet. Phase 4 of the project will reconstruct the two-lane road from Old Argonne Rd to Evergreen Rd.

County officials said a combination of traffic volume and truck traffic on this narrow, curvy roadway has led to a very high number of accidents – some of them fatal. This triggered the need for this reconstruction since traffic is estimated to double in the coming years.

The overarching goal of the project is to widen and improve the roadway and – when finished – complete the corridor from North Spokane to Spokane Valley.

Spokane County estimated both phases will cost around 20 million dollars in total. Work is scheduled to begin later this summer.