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New section of North Spokane Corridor opens June 13

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Date:  Thursday, May 31, 2012

Contact: Al Gilson, Communications Manager
WSDOT Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA  99207
Office 509-324-6015
Cell 509-990-1504

Say so long to the construction signs and barrels and hello to a new, two-mile stretch of the North Spokane Corridor (NSC). Next Wednesday, June 13, drivers will get their first chance to try out a new connection between US 395 and the northern five miles of the 10-mile NSC.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) built two gracefully curving bridges at the north end of the route (near the Wandermere Golf Course) and completed a four-lane section of divided concrete freeway linking the NSC with US 395. A fully paved pedestrian and bicycle path parallels the new freeway, connecting to other trails along the route.

“Drivers who have watched our construction for the past three years will be able to enter the NSC from US 395 via a direct connection, traveling at freeway speeds,” said WSDOT Regional Administrator Keith Metcalf. “This means we will now have traffic flowing on the northern five miles of the 10-mile NSC.”

Local drivers and community members are invited to a brief ceremony planned for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, to celebrate this milestone. The event will take place on the northbound lanes of the NSC just north of Farwell Road. (Visitors can access the event from Farwell Road, entering the northbound lanes from the new on-ramp.) Crews will remove all construction equipment and open the roadway to traffic later in the day.

Funding for this $38 million project came from the transportation package passed by the 2003 Legislature. Graham Construction and Management of Spokane is the prime contractor.

Still under construction are the southbound lanes from the Freya/Francis area to Farwell Road and the Parksmith Road Interchange. Those sections of the NSC are slated to be completed later this year. The Francis Avenue Bridge project is next up for construction with work expected to begin later this summer.

For more information on the project, go to the project website.

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