About the study

Study Purpose

The US 2 Upper Wenatchee Valley Corridor Transportation Study aims to improve mobility and safety for all modes of travel throughout the corridor. At the end of the study, the project team will identify a set of near- and long-term improvements for all modes of travel, including transit, freight, cars, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Two pedestrian crossing signs on either side of a crosswalk on U.S. Highway 2 in Leavenworth with Bavarian-themed buildings and the Wenatchee mountains in the background.

The project team will work directly with the public throughout the process to ensure that the diversity of public concerns and aspirations are understood, considered and are directly reflected in the final set of recommendations.

The project team has developed a vision and guiding principles that will be used to identify and evaluate improvements along the corridor.

Vision

The US 2 Upper Wenatchee Valley Corridor:

  • Provides reliable transportation options for all means of travel;
  • Accommodates emergency access, local trips, US 2 highway travelers to and from other places, and freight movement;
  • Enhances the region’s unique characteristics.

Guiding Principles

Solutions for the US 2 Upper Wenatchee Valley Corridor Improvements must lead to a future that is:

  • Reliable. Locals, regional commuters, freight, and emergency responders have options to maintain a reliable travel time between key destinations.
  • Safe & Complete. The corridor offers appropriate multimodal infrastructure to meet users’ needs and enhance safety.
  • Vibrant. Study recommendations support the Leavenworth’s tourism industry and growing seasonal usage of the corridor.
  • Realistic. Study recommendations are practical, fundable and implementable within a reasonable timeframe and include creative solutions to better manage traffic impacts from seasonal and special event travel.
  • Supported. Stakeholders and the community will be engaged to identify mutually beneficial solutions.

Partners

The Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council (CDTC) is leading the study. Project partners include:

  • Chelan County
  • City of Leavenworth
  • LINK Transit
  • Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

Timeline

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What will happen during the study?

  • Surveys and the project website: Please check the Talk to Us section frequently for ongoing opportunities to provide feedback.
  • Project Advisory Committee (PAC): The project team identified a diverse group of local stakeholders who will guide the development of possible solutions and meet up to five times throughout the life of the project.
  • Stakeholder interviews: The project team completed 13 interviews with area community groups, business owners, festival operators, emergency service providers and non-profit groups in February 2019 to gather project area context and perspectives.
  • Technical data gathering and analysis: The project team will use technical information, like traffic pattern and collision data, to understand the challenges of the project corridor and develop informed solutions.
  • Open house: The project team will host an open house in late summer/early fall 2019 to gain public perspectives on potential solutions for the corridor. Stay tuned!

What are PAC members concerned about?

Learn what Nancy Smith with the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce and Joel Walinski with the City of Leavenworth have to share.

Take notes as you go