North-South Freeway work slows traffic in N. Spokane

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by BREANNA ROY & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:26 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 11:09 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Construction crews were out Friday morning, continuing work on the North-South Freeway corridor project.  The road work caused some delays as flaggers directed traffic until the paving was completed.

Work to pave the intersection at Francis and Freya was originally scheduled for later in the day but was moved to the morning to avoid further traffic delays.  A large section of the freeway will pass through that area.

Including the work Friday, the North-South Freeway corridor project was around 50 percent complete.  The Washington State Department of Transportation said a new bridge in place between Market and Freya was a vast improvement to the old bridge and was expected to open this fall.

"The original bridge that we replaced was 160 feet long,” said Al Gilson with WSDOT.  “This new bridge is 455 feet long.  It’s longer [and] it’s wider to get the tracks and the freeway underneath."

Traffic in the area, however, was still restricted.  Drivers were not allowed to make left turns at the Francis and Market intersection.

Construction was expected to be completed in late 2013 or early 2014.


 

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