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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony



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;