SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Department of Transportation opened a new interchange at Cheney-Spokane Road on Highway 195 on Friday.
For about two weeks prior, the detour through the corridor added a mile and perhaps five to ten minutes onto the routes for drivers trying to access the businesses off Cheney-Spokane Road.
The opening signaled the first time drivers would not have to make cross-traffic or left-hand turns at the interchange.
“When I go to cross that intersection I was nervous. I was always the car that had 15 cars lined up behind her because I would wait until I knew that it was clear enough for me to be able to get across,” said Alexis Green.
Green’s younger sister, Lorissa Green, died at the intersection in 2009. A car struck her car as she tried to make a left turn North onto Highway 195 off Cheney-Spokane Road.
“I had cars honking at me on a regular basis. I had people yelling at me because they wanted me to go. I wasn't gonna go until I knew it was safe,” said Green.
Friday marked a big day for Lorissa and Alexis Green’s mother, Debbie Hammel.
“For me this is closure for our family and I think for a lot of our friends,” said Hammel.
Dave Blyton sat behind the wheel of the car that hit Lorissa Green’s car. He fought to have the interchange built.
Some construction was set to continue, however, as crews began building the fourth and final ramp to the interchange - the ramp that would take Cheney-Spokane Road drivers south on Highway 195. Until that part of the project is complete, drivers who want to go south on 195 had to detour down to Qualchan Road.