Local leaders working to keep funding for North-South Freeway




Posted on January 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 25 at 2:49 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- Local elected officials spent the week in Olympia trying to get funding for the North-South Freeway. Some legislators said the area might not get the money needed for the project.

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Greater Spokane Incorporated and several elected leaders went to Olympia to tell the state legislature what issues are most important to our area. At the top of the agenda was the North South Freeway.

Construction on Francis late last year was the latest step to bring the North Spokane corridor closer to the city. Leaders said they still need $750 million to finish the project.

“Having 90 people in Olympia advocating for your community as a legislator puts a lot of wind on your back for things that you’re trying to support,” said GSI CEO, Rich Hadley.

Leaders said going to the state capitol helps legislators know what our area cares about. Some elected officials on the west side have already suggested there may not be a transportation package to pay for the rest of the 395 extension this year.

Those in our area trying to get the project finished said they still have time to keep pushing for the money needed and they are not giving up yet.

“This trip is awesome and worth it and we’ve proven that year after year getting the things that this community needs,” said Hadley.

The trip happens every year and is planned months in advance. It includes meetings with several state leaders including the governor.