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Construction on new US 195 interchange swings into action

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Date:  Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Contact: Al Gilson
Public Information Officer
WSDOT Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA  99207
509-324-6015
gilsona@wsdot.wa.gov

Highway construction season in the Spokane area swings into action next month as major work gets under way on the US 195/Cheney-Spokane Road Interchange.

Preliminary work on the $11 million Washington State Department of Transportation project began in February. Crews from Selland Construction of Wenatchee already started some preliminary grading work at the site.

When the project is complete in late 2013, drivers will use a “diamond” interchange instead of the existing at-grade intersection. Four new ramps will be linked by a bridge that spans the four-lane US 195, eliminating left turns that require drivers to cross the high-speed roadway.

An increasing number of commuters, shoppers, and residents have put pressure on the once-rural intersection. Today, cars and trucks slowing to turn, mix with highway traffic and vehicles crossing the median, creating conditions that require drivers to be on their highest alert.

The new interchange will ease congestion and make drivers’ decisions easier. But it would not have come to realization without the collaboration of supporters from many different levels.

“The project is a result of residents, community leaders, and elected officials working together to get the needed funding to build the facility,” said Keith Metcalf, WSDOT Eastern regional administrator. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission, federal government, and WSDOT partnered to fund the project.

Area dignitaries and community members will gather at the construction site for a ceremonial groundbreaking on Thursday, March 14. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the site of the future northbound ramps.


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