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Neighbors want to see a safer Highway 195

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A memorial still sits at the Thorpe and Hwy 195 intersection remembering the three women who lost their lives in a wreck over Labor Day weekend. A memorial still sits at the Thorpe and Hwy 195 intersection remembering the three women who lost their lives in a wreck over Labor Day weekend.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Neighbors are coming together to talk about how to fix a road they're tired of seeing crashes happen on.

A memorial still sits at the Thorpe and Hwy 195 intersection remembering the three women who lost their lives in a wreck over Labor Day weekend.

“I instantly want to cry. I instantly know what that family is going through I re-live it a little bit,” Hammel says.

Hammel lost her daughter Lorissa in a 2009 crash at Cheney-Spokane Road.

“I fear for when people are trying to pull out,” she says of Hwy 195. “To be honest with you, I’m very cautious.”

Hammel spearheaded the effort to put in an overpass at Cheney-Spokane back in 2009. Now, the community is banding together again, hoping to find some fixes to make the highway safer.

“I know that it's not the most dangerous corridor. But when you live out here, it feels like it,” she says.

Here are some numbers from WSDOT:

Since 1999, there have been 66 crashes at the intersection of Thorpe Road. Three of them were fatal and that intersection averages four collisions a year. But for Cheney-Spokane Road and Hwy 195, there were 98 collisions since 1999. That number does not include the years the overpass was under construction.

To provide a little more perspective, WSDOT also provided numbers for US-2, or Newport Highway. They say at the intersections of Mt. Spokane Park Drive/US-2 and East Day Mount Spokane/US-2, the average number of collisions a year are twice as many as that of Hwy 195/Thorpe's. Those intersections have traffic signals.

Neighbors are planning a community meeting to discuss possible fixes for Hwy 195. They say they don't want to see any more deaths on the road.

“I've lived in Spokane my entire life and I would've not wanted to live anywhere else when that accident happened because the people in this community came together for me and really stood behind me to make that happen I think we can do that again,” Hammel says.

The meeting takes place Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church off of Meadowlane. Organizers encourage people to come with possible ideas and voice their concerns. 

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