Al Gilson, Communications Manager
WSDOT Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA 99206
509-324-6015 or 509-990-1504 (cell)
Elected officials, local residents and business leaders will gather with Washington State Department of Transportation officials 10 a.m. Friday, May 23, to celebrate the opening of a major highway interchange that will improve traffic flow on US 195 and Cheney-Spokane Road.
The $9.5 million project eliminates turning and cross traffic, reducing the risks of collisions at this busy location. The new interchange also eases commute hour backups at the southeast Spokane connection.
“We’re pleased to get this project opened,” said Keith Metcalf, WSDOT regional administrator. “A number of tragic collisions have occurred at this intersection; this interchange will help prevent those and move traffic more efficiently in this growing Spokane neighborhood.”
WSDOT and the contractor, Selland Construction, worked during the past 16 months building the new interchange for the 19,000 drivers who use this state highway, and the nearly 7,000 vehicles that access Cheney-Spokane Road daily.
“It’s important for people to be able to use the new interchange,” Metcalf said. “But we aren’t finished just yet. We'll have three of the four on and off-ramps open on May 23. The last piece, the southbound on ramp, can now be built.”
Opening the new bridge and three of the four ramps means traffic can move off the temporary intersection, allowing crews to build up the fill material and pave the new southbound on-ramp. While construction is underway on the new southbound on ramp, drivers will use the Qualchan Road intersection to access southbound US 195.
Following the ceremony and completion of some clean-up items, the northbound on and off ramps, the southbound off ramp, as well as the overpass bridge will be opened to traffic.
Directions: Attendees should turn off US 195 at Qualchan Road, about a mile to the south, then turn right on Cheney-Spokane Road to travel to the event site. A flagger will direct vehicles to parking. Limited parking will be available on the north end of Cheney-Spokane Road by the new interchange, and carpooling to the event is encouraged.
Note: There is no access to the event via the on/off ramps or the Cheney-Spokane Road intersection. Parking is not allowed at the Cenex gas station.