Monday, December 1, 2008

Next Component of NSC To Start Construction This Week

Work on the next major component of the North Spokane Freeway is slated to start this week. The project— US 395-NSC/US 2 Lowering- will complete the North Spokane Corridor/US 2 interchange. The $42 million job is expected to be complete in 2011.

This project will lower the existing US 2 between Farwell Rd and Peone Creek to provide the clearance needed for the highway to pass under the North Spokane Corridor freeway. A pathway will be constructed which allows pedestrian and bicycle traffic to cross over traffic from south of Farwell Road to the area north and west of US 2 and US 39.

Drivers will see minimal traffic interruptions over the next few months with most of the work focused on the new bridges. This project is the seventh of eight jobs for the US 395/North Spokane Corridor freeway project that were funded by the Nickel Gas Tax, enacted in 2003.

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