Interchange opening marks halfway point for North Spokane Corridor

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by KREM.com & Shawn Chitnis

KREM.com

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 11:50 PM

SPOKANE -- After eleven years of construction the Washington State Department of Transportation has completed work on the northern 5.7 miles of the North Spokane Corridor.

Work to rebuild the Parksmith Road Interchange and the three southbound lanes from Francis to Farwell Road recently wrapped up, and the road opened to drivers Tuesday.

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, State Representative Andy Billig, Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke, and Spokane Mayor David Condon were among the elected officials who attended Tuesday’s grand opening.

The southbound on-ramp at Parksmith Road was the halfway mark for the 10.5 mile project. Those who have advocated for the development say getting the second half finished in the next ten years is more likely than ever.

Funding for the project has come in stages, with most coming from Federal grants. The Parksmith segment that opened today was built for just under $7 million.

WSDOT is now planning for construction to take the freeway across the Spokane River to Francis Avenue.

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