US 2 Trunk
US 2 was one of the routes that made up part of the original US Highway system approved in November 1926. However, the original western terminus was at Jct US 95 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. US 2 was extended west to Everett, Washington in 1948.
From Bonners Ferry to Sandpoint, Idaho, US 2 runs coincident with US 95. From Sandpoint via Newport, Washington to Spokane, US 2 ran coincident with US 195. The US 195 designation from Sandpoint to Spokane was dropped in 1969, making Spokane the northern terminus of US 195. US 2 replaces the Alternate US 10 desination from Spokane via Wenatchee to Everett. Today, the Washington State portion of US 2 is 326.23 miles long.
US 2 Business Wenatchee
US 2 originally crossed the Columbia River via a bridge near the downtowns of the two cities. In 1975, a new US 2 bridge across the Columbia was opened to traffic near Olds Station, a few miles north of the downtowns. Old US 2 from Olds Station via Downtown Wenatchee to the east end of the former US 2 bridge in East Wenatchee became Business US 2. The highway from East Wenatchee to the east end of the new US 2 bridge became both an extension of SR 28 and Business US 2.
The Business US 2 Columbia River Bridge was added back to the state highway system as SR 285. Effective April 1, 1992, SR 285 was extended from the west end of the bridge in Wenatchee northerly to Jct US 2 at Olds Station. The Business US 2 designation was dropped at this time.
US 2/97 Business Cashmere
US 2 and US 97 share the same roadway for several miles in the Wenatchee Valley area. At Cashmere, US 2/97 Business begins at the intersection of US 2/97 and heads south on Aplets Way to Cotlets Way in Downtown Cashmere, then east on Cotlets Way (old US 2/97) to Jct US 2/97 at the east end of town. Signs directing traffic from US 2/97 to the business route identify the business route as being both Business 2 and 97. Signs posted in town along the business route are posted only as Business US 2, however.
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