SPOKANE, Wash. -- Work has been suspended on the new Cheney-Spokane Road interchange on Highway 195 because of the winter weather. Contractors had hoped to complete the safety upgrade by late this year.
Contractors have completed the off-ramp to Cheney-Spokane Road but there remains the overpass and the northbound ramps to be completed.
Transportation officials said nearly 30 crashes have happened at this intersection of Cheney-Spokane Road and Highway 195 in the past five years.
Last March, The State Department of Transportation held a groundbreaking ceremony to construct a new interchange. It will eliminate left turns there onto and off the busy highway. Transportation Officials originally said the construction project should wrap up by late fall.
“We were very optimistic to get this project all completed in 2013, but the earthwork requires dry weather, dry ground and so we had some problems with wet ground last spring,” said WSDOT Spokesperson, Al Gilson.
Crews have opened the southbound ramp but some drivers apparently did not realize this. KREM 2 cameras caught one driver who missed the ramp and tried to turn right where drivers use to get onto Cheney-Spokane. The old intersection is now a one-way but the driver continued in the wrong direction.
WSDOT said contractors expect to resume work after the cold winter months.