One of The University District's major infrastructure projects, the Univesity District Gateway Bridge, completed in December 2018, provides a critical link between the higher education institutions, the Medical District along Spokane's lower South Hill, the South University District business area, and Downtown. The bicycle and pedestrian Bridge connects with other Spokane Regional Transit options (including the popular Centennial Trail) and features a new Spokane Transit Authority shuttle route to the Medical District and soon will intersect with the City Line, a high-performance transit project improving movement throughout the city.

The University District Gateway Bridge is a linchpin for urban and economic revitalization: connecting previously isolated businesses and service providers with customers and patrons; improving overall mobility and access to destinations in the district making it easier to shop, work, learn and play; and decreasing Spokane's automobile dependency thereby providing the neighborhood with a renewed sense of place, purpose and greenspace.

Additionally, mobility improvements are underway on several University District streets. One example is the extension of Riverside Avenue (now Martin Luther King Jr. Way) which moves traffic away from the Riverpoint campus while creating an inviting setting within The University District for commuters. The new boulevard also includes bike lanes, street trees, wide sidewalks, and an elevated median.

Another major mobility upgrade in the University District involves the Ben Burr Trail as well as the future Trent Bridge renovation project which WSDOT plans to renovate in 2021.


Illustration courtesy City of Spokane