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RESOLUTION NO.

2014 - _______ A resolution seeking support for a TIGER Grant for the University District Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge Project. WHEREAS, the University District Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge project is a development and financial partnership between the state of Washington, the city of Spokane, Washington State University, and the University District Development Association; and WHEREAS, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad bisects Spokane’s University District, home of Washington State University’s Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Health Sciences building, and separates the southern commercial, medical district and multi-use area from the northern education institutional area breaking up the connectivity between the two; and WHEREAS, the University District Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge is the critical missing link for this developing corridor and with its innovative, technical design will provide an iconic sense of place; and WHEREAS, the University District Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge aligns with the United States Department of Transportation priority goal of reducing roadway fatalities and non-occupant (bike & pedestrian) accidents; and WHEREAS, the University District Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge meets the desired outcome of the United States Department of Transportation to improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and networks; and WHEREAS, the University District Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge meets the desired outcome of the United States Department of Transportation of an environmentally sustainable project that reduces transportation-related carbon emissions, improves energy efficiency, and reduces the use of oil; and WHEREAS, the University District Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge is a catalyst project in the City of Spokane’s Targeted Investment Pilot redevelopment project in East Central, an economically distressed neighborhood; and WHEREAS, the University District Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge will improve the economic mobility of the East Central neighborhood by providing multimodal access to the University District (education) and the Medical District (services) significantly improving the quality of life for this disadvantaged population; and

WHEREAS, the University District Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge meets the Partnership for Sustainable Communities principle of providing more transportation choices by offering the economically distressed East Central Neighborhood with additional, healthy transportation choices. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Spokane City Council strongly supports efforts by all stakeholders to apply for and obtain a TIGER Discretionary Grant to help fund the construct of the University District Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge.

ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON __________________________.

_____________________________________ City Clerk Approved as to form:

___________________________________ Assistant City Attorney