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  • To preserve and sustain the unique character of the Little Spokane River Valley, including it's open space and natural setting.
  • To maintain lower density zoning.
  • To protect the area's ecosystem including water quality, wetlands, priority habitat and wildlife, and dwindling native vegetation.
  • To encourage the development of area parks and natural areas.
  • To educate public officials of the concerns of the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley, and be pro-active when major issues are at the forefront.



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    FLSRV Board-Authorized Letter Regarding The New Bridge
    by Lance Pounder, President
    December 14, 2011



    To: Neil Carroll, P.E.

    Bridge Engineer

    Spokane County Public Works



    Re: Little Spokane Drive Bridge #3602 Bridge Replacement Project



    Dear Neil Carroll:



    The Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley, Inc. is the local non-profit association representing the Little Spokane River Valley area. As its Board, we would like to give input regarding the design and construction of Bridge #3602 on Little Spokane Drive which is being replaced next spring. Several of our board members attended the Open House on October 25th and asked questions, gathered information, and expressed ideas at that time. After discussion during our recent meeting, we would like to offer our suggestions for your consideration about the bridge’s barrier design and artwork.



    One of the main goals of our organization is to 'preserve and sustain the unique character of the Little Spokane River Valley, including its open space and natural setting…' and believe it is important to preserve public viewscapes that support this goal. In contrast to the Jersey barriers that block the views of the river to drivers at the two newest Little Spokane River bridges (LS Dr. north of Golden Rd. and on Dartford Rd.) we are recommending a design similar to the Issaquah bridge in King County that affords drivers and pedestrians a more visible and intimate connection with the waterway it spans and we hope their design will serve as an example of an option different than Jersey barriers.

    Also, the artwork we recommend for installation is the same as is incorporated in the railings of the bridge over the North Spokane Corridor at Perry Road done by WSDOT. We believe we could get copies of that design for you as well. The metalwork displays a Great blue heron in flight and ties the use of the heron symbol in a variety of applications already in use throughout the Little Spokane River Valley such as our trail system signs, gateway welcome sign, newsletter, and website (www.flsrv.org).



    We would be happy to work with you to help these two design ideas become a reality.




    Sincerely, Lance Pounder, President

    Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley

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