State Route 290

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Established in 1970, Washington State Route 290 travels from Interstate 90 at Exit 282 in Spokane eastward to Millwood, Trentwood, Newman Lake through the Spokane Valley to Idaho State Highway 53. Historically, the route originated as U.S. 2 and 395 in Downtown Spokane, with the portion from Trent Avenue south to Exit 282 designated as a 0.67-mile SR 290 Spur. The westernmost extent of SR 290 was truncated to Hamilton Street and redirected southward over the spur in 2005.1

The interchange between SR 290 and Interstate 90 was built in anticipation of the 1970 North Spokane and North Suburban Area Freeway,2. That plan was an early and scuttled proposal related to the North Spokane Corridor currently under construction from U.S. 395 at Wandermere to the north with I-90 in east Spokane.

Washington State Route 290 East
Traveling the flyover from Interstate 90 east (Exit 282) onto Washington 290 east. Photo taken 09/01/06.
Ramps for Washington 290 converge above 2nd Street. Photo taken 09/01/06.
A half diamond interchange joins Washington 290 from East 2nd Avenue as the freeway spur approaches the Sprague Avenue under crossing and the Spokane River. Photo taken 09/01/06.
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Spanning the Spokane River ahead of the intersection with Spokane Falls Boulevard. Spokane Falls Boulevard west leads motorists to the Washington State University Riverpoint campus and the convention center west of Division Street. Photos taken 09/01/06.
Washington 290 turns east onto Trent Avenue just north of the Spokane River for an industrial path to Orchard Park. Photo taken 09/01/06.
Hamilton Street continues north by Gonzaga University to the Logan neighborhood of Spokane and Nevada Street north. Photo taken 09/01/06.
Washington State Route 290 West
Washington 290 turns southward from Trent Avenue at Hamilton Avenue for a freeway spur connecting with 2nd Avenue and Interstate 90. Photo taken 09/01/06.
Washington 290 elevates to cross the Spokane River just south of Trent Avenue and Spokane Falls Boulevard. The westbound ramp to Seattle departs from the left-lane in a half mile. Photo taken 09/01/06.
2nd Avenue parallels Interstate 90 as the westbound side frontage road between Freya Street (Exit 283B) and Washington 290. The westbound only street merges with unsigned Business Loop I-90 from Sprague Avenue to the south side of downtown Spokane. Photo taken 09/01/06.
Ramps for Interstate 90 partition at the 2nd Avenue half diamond interchange. The westbound ramp departs adjacent to the 2nd Avenue ramp for Ritzville, Moses Lake, Ellensburg, Cle Elum and Seattle. A sweeping direction ramp joins I-90 east for Post Falls and Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Photo taken 09/01/06.

Sources:

  1. Washington State Route 290 @ Wikipedia.org.
  2. North Spokane Corridor @ Wikipedia.org.


Photo Credits:

09/01/06 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 90

Page Updated 06-12-2013.