Millions still needed to complete North-South Freeway

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by Othello Richards & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Updated Friday, May 11 at 5:42 PM

NORTH SPOKANE-- State and local lawmakers are making another push for funding to build more of the north-south freeway. Only three miles has been built so far.

Washington Senator Maria Cantwell says securing the money to complete the much needed thoroughfare remains a top priority. 

In about a month, the connection to 395 at Wandermere is expected to open. Currently drivers use the northbound lanes to travel both directions.

By the end of summer, the southbound lanes are expected to open to Freya and later this year the Parksmith Interchange. That would complete roughly 5.5 miles of the freeway.

The project moves forward as money becomes available.  The state Department of Transportation expects a decision on a nearly $19 million federal grant request in June. That money will be used to relocate 7 miles of rail and construct two new freeway crossings.

Friday, the senator emphasized the need for a freeway to help keep freight moving faster through the area.

Spokane's mayor David Condon has also joined the senator in urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to approve the necessary funding for this project.

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