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Ray-Freya Crossover Alternatives Meeting

The City of Spokane will host an online public meeting to discuss options to address transportation needs in the area of 37th Avenue and Ray, 37th Avenue and Freya and around Ferris High School. The project is called the Ray-Freya Alternatives Analysis

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. for citizens to learn more. Direction on how to access the meeting will be found on the City’s web site.

The Ray-Freya Alternatives Analysis is looking at options to replace a project concept called the Ray-Freya Crossover that was removed from City street plans in 2017. The Ray-Freya Crossover would have moved traffic from Ray at 37th to Freya, running near Ferris High School, and was designed to ease traffic congestion. City staff is looking at other transportation improvements that could streamline traffic flow in the area.

Citizens also can learn about the project on the City’s web site. There, citizens will find a project background, a link to a project Storymap and public Survey, along with details about the upcoming meeting.

FREE Disposal of Tree DebRis from Storm

The City of Spokane will provide free disposal of trees and tree limbs that came down during the January 13 windstorm.

Solid Waste Collection will provide curbside clean green pickup the week of Jan. 18 for customers who subscribe to that service. Free disposal also will be available at the Waste to Energy Facility (WTE), 2900 S. Geiger Blvd., starting Friday, Jan. 15, and running through Saturday, Jan. 30.

Tree debris from the storm can be placed in green yard waste carts for pickup on customers’ normal garbage collection days during the week of Jan. 18. This is an extra pickup, as the service currently is suspended for the winter. Debris must be contained in the carts for this special service; debris outside the carts won’t be collected. Branches must be smaller than 3 inches in diameter and fit within the cart. Curbside yard waste collection is a voluntary, subscription service.

Free disposal at WTE is available for City of Spokane residents only, not commercial tree removal, landscaping and yard care businesses. Citizens are asked to present their City utility bill (either in paper or on their phone) and inform the Waste to Energy scale clerk as they enter the facility that they are disposing of storm tree debris. Customers without a utility bill will be charged for disposal.

Please wear masks and be prepared to wait. Because of the pandemic, the number of customers allowed on the tipping floor is limited.

The temporary free service is only for trees and tree limbs, not root balls or building debris. Trees and branches should be cut so they are not longer than six feet.

The Waste to Energy facility is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The normal cost for clean green disposal is $55.80 per ton.

Residents who need to clear tree debris from private property are encouraged to refer to the list of licensed arborists at spokanecity.org. Safety should be a priority; carefully inspect for downed power lines and gas leaks before doing any work. Please provide assistance to neighbors who may need help.