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State Route 206 (SR 206, named the Mount Spokane Park Drive) is a 15.30-mile-long (24.62 km) state highway serving Mount Spokane State Park in the U.S. state of Washington. Beginning at U.S. Route 2 (US 2) north of Mead, the highway travels east through unincorporated Spokane County and northeast into the Selkirk Mountains, ending at the entrance to Mount Spokane State Park. The roadway, first constructed in the 1890s and reconstructed several times, was designated as SR 206 during the 1964 highway renumbering.

State Route 206 marker

State Route 206
Mount Spokane Park Drive
SR 206 is highlighted in red.
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 2
Defined by RCW 47.17.405
Maintained by WSDOT
Length15.30 mi[2] (24.62 km)
Existed1964[1]–present
Major junctions
West end US 2 near Mead
East endMount Spokane State Park
Location
CountiesSpokane
Highway system
I-205SR 207

Route descriptionEdit

SR 206 begins as Mount Spokane Park Drive at an intersection with US 2 north of Mead and east of Mead Flying Service Airport.[3][4] The highway travels east under a BNSF Railway line and serves Mt. Spokane High School before a roundabout with Bruce Road.[2][5] SR 206 turns northeast, parallel to Deadman Creek,[6] towards Green Bluff and the Selkirk Mountains.[7] The highway ends at the entrance of Mount Spokane State Park,[8][9] and the road continues northeast to serve the Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park.[10]

Every year the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) conducts a series of surveys on its highways in the state to measure traffic volume. This is expressed in terms of average annual daily traffic (AADT), which is a measure of traffic volume for any average day of the year. In 2011, WSDOT calculated that between 210 and 10,000 vehicles per day used the highway, mostly in the Mead area.[11]

HistoryEdit

During the 1890s, a road connecting Mead to Mount Carlton, later renamed to Mount Spokane, via Deadman Creek was constructed.[12] The road to Mount Spokane was paved in 1921,[13] and was later improved in the late 1940s.[14][15] The Mount Spokane road was designated as SR 206, extending from US 2 north of Mead to Mount Spokane State Park, during the 1964 highway renumbering.[1] SR 206 was improved and re-paved in 1985,[16] but remains prone to closures.[17] Since 1964, no major revisions to the route of the highway have occurred,[18] however the route was shortened by 0.09 miles (0.14 km) in 1999 after the construction of a new rail overpass.[2][19]

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire highway is in Spokane County.

Locationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
Mead0.000.00  US 2 (Newport Highway) – Spokane, Newport
15.3024.62Mount Spokane State Park
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "47.17.405: State route No. 206", Revised Code of Washington, Washington State Legislature, 1987 [1970], retrieved January 21, 2013
  2. ^ a b c d Staff (2012), State Highway Log: Planning Report 2011, SR 2 to SR 971 (PDF), Washington State Department of Transportation, pp. 1238–1240, retrieved January 21, 2013
  3. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Mead Flying Service Airport", Geographic Names Information System, United States Geological Survey, March 1, 1990, retrieved January 21, 2013
  4. ^ All State Airports: Mead Flying Service - Mead, Washington State Department of Transportation, retrieved January 21, 2013
  5. ^ 2011 Washington State Rail System (PDF) (Map). Washington State Department of Transportation. January 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Deadman Creek", Geographic Names Information System, United States Geological Survey, September 10, 1979, retrieved January 21, 2013
  7. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Green Bluff", Geographic Names Information System, United States Geological Survey, September 10, 1979, retrieved January 21, 2013
  8. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Mount Spokane State Park", Geographic Names Information System, United States Geological Survey, September 10, 1979, retrieved January 21, 2013
  9. ^ Mount Spokane State Park (PDF), Washington State Parks, March 19, 2010, retrieved January 21, 2013
  10. ^ Google (January 21, 2013). "State Route 206" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  11. ^ Staff (2011), 2011 Annual Traffic Report (PDF), Washington State Department of Transportation, p. 158, retrieved January 21, 2013
  12. ^ Washington–Idaho: Spokane Quadrangle (JPG) (Map). 1:125,000. United States Geological Survey. May 1901. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  13. ^ "Open Mount Spokane Road Saturday; Hundreds Expected To Make The Trip", Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, Washington, p. 9, July 13, 1921, retrieved January 21, 2013
  14. ^ "Mt. Spokane Road Work Is Underway", Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, Washington, p. 22, May 14, 1949, retrieved January 21, 2013
  15. ^ Spokane, 1955 (JPG) (Map). 1:250,000. United States Geological Survey. 1955. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  16. ^ "Progress on Mount Spokane road", The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington, p. 3, June 6, 1985, retrieved January 21, 2013
  17. ^ "Mount Spokane road washes out", The Seattle Times, Seattle, May 19, 2008, retrieved January 21, 2013
  18. ^ Washington State Highways, 2011–2012 (PDF) (Map). 1:842,000. Washington State Department of Transportation. 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  19. ^ Staff (2000), State Highway Log: Planning Report 2000, SR 2 to SR 971 (PDF), Washington State Department of Transportation, retrieved January 21, 2013

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