Driving and Commuting
Spokane County is traversed by one interstate highway, three U.S. highways and six state routes.
Interstate 90, the northernmost east-to-west, coast-to-coast interstate, connects two of the largest cities in the state: Spokane and Seattle. The four-lane interstate runs through the heart of Spokane County, connecting Liberty Lake, Spokane Valley and the city of Spokane. It is a major commuter route for the county and North Idaho, with traffic volumes exceeding 100,000 vehicles per day. The Washington State Department of Transportation has completed widening of the interstate from Sprague Avenue to Sullivan Road, and remaining projects will add two more lanes between the Sullivan Road Interchange and the Idaho state line.
U.S. Route 2 runs east to west through the county. The route begins in Everett and travels through Spokane to Newport. Within the county, it connects Fairchild Air Force Base and Airway Heights.
U.S. Route 195 has nearly all of its 95 miles within Washington. The north-south highway crosses the Idaho-Washington state line and continues into Spokane County, where it ends at the interchange with Interstate 90.
U.S. Route 395 is a north-south route that travels from the Canadian border to Spokane. The route, which eventually terminates in the south in the Mojave Desert, connects Deer Park to Clayton.
State Route 27 travels north to south, serving Whitman and Spokane counties. It terminates in Spokane Valley at state Route 290, north of Interstate 90.
State Route 206 is a 15-mile-long highway that serves Mount Spokane State Park. The route begins at U.S. Route 2 and travels east through the county and northeast into the Selkirk Mountains. The highway ends at the entrance to the state park.
Named Hamilton Street and Trent Avenue, state Route 290 is east-west route 18 miles long. It travels through the county parallel to the Union Pacific railroad from Interstate 90 in Spokane, then through Millwood toward Spokane Valley, where it intersects state Route 27.
State Route 291 begins in Spokane County at an intersection with U.S. Route 2 and U.S. Route 395. The route travels northwest to Nine Mile Falls, eventually intersecting with state Route 231 outside of the county.
State Route 902 is a 12-mile highway located entirely within Spokane County. The road travels through Medical Lake, beginning and ending at interchanges on Interstate 90/U.S. Route 395.
Like state Route 902, state Route 904 is located entirely within Spokane County. The route also beings and ends at interchanges on Interstate 90/U.S. Route 395, and travels through Cheney.
The new North Spokane Corridor was preliminarily opened in 2009. More than half of the corridor is complete and open to traffic. Once completed, the corridor will connect Interstate 90 on the southern end to the existing U.S. Highway 2 and U.S. Highway 395 on the northern end. The corridor will decrease travel time, fuel usage and traffic congestion, moving traffic away from local arterials. For updates on the North Spokane Corridor, visit the Washington State Department of Transportation at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/us395/northspokanecorridor.
The Washington State Department of Transportation provides travel advisories, traffic cams, ferry information and other commuter tips at www.wsdot.wa.gov or call 360-705-7438.
Washington State Department of Licensing
P.O. Box 9030
Olympia, WA 98507 360-902-3900
Spokane Driver Licensing Office
9107 N. Country Homes Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99218 509-482-3882
Spokane Valley Driver Licensing Office
12801 E. Sprague Ave.
Spokane, WA 99216 509-921-2357
The Washington State Department of Licensing issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms and general information at www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/gettingalicense.html.
Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in Washington may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all Washington residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license within 30 days of establishing residency. License applicants must be at least 18 years old. Applicants 16 to 17 years old have additional requirements. Visit www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/steps.html for more information.
The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its Washington State Drivers Guide, which can be downloaded at www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/guide.html.
Military personnel temporarily stationed in Washington are presumed to be nonresidents unless they were residents of Washington when inducted. Find out more information about registration, license plates and more at www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/militaryvr.html.
Military members and veterans may be entitled to certain DMV exemptions and allowances. For more information on military and veteran exceptions and requirements, visit the website.
The state of Washington prohibits drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. Texting while driving is also prohibited.
Washington State Department of Transportation
Visit the Washington State Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, and to view live traffic cameras.