| NORTH SPOKANE CORRIDOR |
OPENED TO TRAFFIC ON AUGUST 22, 2009
Eight years to the day after the 2001 groundbreaking, the first drivable link of the North Spokane Corridor is ready for the public. The roadway opened to traffic between Francis/Freya and Farwell Road, a distance of approximately three and a half miles. The second drivable link between Farwell Road and Wandermere will open in 2011, providing another two miles of completed freeway. Funding for this work was provided with the 2003 Nickel gas tax.
Paula Hammond, Keith Metcalf, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, Miss Spokane and Miss Teen Spokane cut the opening ribbon while and Chris Marr and Kevin Parker look on.
Eastern Region Administrator Keith Metcalf opens the ceremony.
Speaking at the ribbon cutting were;
Jim Sijohn - Spokane Tribal Business Council Member
J.C. Lenzi - Chief Engineer of Washington State Department of Transportation
Paula Hammond - Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers - Congresswoman of the 5th District
Lisa Brown - Senator of the 3rd District
Chris Marr - Senator of the 6th District & Senate Transportation Committee Vice Chair
Alex Wood - Representative of the 3rd District & House Transportation Committee member
Matt Shea - Representative of the 4th District & House Transportation Committee member
Kevin Parker - Representative of the 6th District
Todd Mielke - Commissioner of Spokane County
Mary Verner - Mayor of the City of Spokane
Erin Vincent - Director Representing Senator Patty Murray's Office
Steve Becker - Representing Governor Chris Gregoire's Eastern WA Office
Elmira Forner - Member of the Washington State Transportation Commission
Arriving to the site after biking the Children of the Sun Trail, children participate in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
Miss Spokane and Miss Teen Spokane begin the Cars of the Decades parade.
The Corridor was opened to the public on the evening of August 22.
Photo showing the entrance to the NSC at Freya Street.
See more photos from the celebration on the WSDOT Flickr site.
WSDOT thanks our partners in this event;