WSDOT Applies for TIGER Grant Funds
In February of 2009, Congress passed a $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that included $1.5 billion to fund Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants.
In September 2009, WSDOT applied for $35 million of these TIGER grant funds for the NSC, to fully fund the construction of the southbound lanes from Francis Avenue to Farwell Road. TIGER grant applications submitted for funding go through a competitive review and scoring process by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In January 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will selected this project and award the grant.
WSDOT Eastern Region chose the Francis Avenue to Farwell Road Southbound Lanes Project to compete for TIGER grant funding; because it is a “shovel-ready” project, which means the right-of-way is already purchased, and the Plans Specification and Estimate (PS&E) are complete and ready for a contractor to bid on. The southbound lanes project completes the mainline construction between Francis Avenue and US 395.
The northbound lanes were constructed on the “Francis to Farwell Project” and currently carry both northbound and southbound traffic. Once the southbound lanes are constructed, over half of the 10-mile long North Spokane Corridor will be completed.
Map showing Southbound Lanes Project. (pdf 479 kb)
US 395 NSC-Francis Avenue to Farwell Road Southbound Lanes Project:
- Will add 3.7 miles of new freeway to an economically important NAFTA corridor in Eastern Washington.
- Supports our state investment of completing a multimodal corridor that includes a limited access highway, pedestrian/bicycle facilities, park and ride lots, and provides right-of-way for future high capacity transit.
- Is a “shovel ready” project; construction can begin when funding is secured.
- Reduces congestion on our local arterials by creating a direct route for vehicle and freight traffic passing through Spokane.
- Provides direct job creation and benefits during construction, and offers long term benefits of better access and mobility to job and commercial centers in the Spokane area.
- Upon completion the Southbound Lanes Project will provide three southbound lanes, allowing the three northbound lanes to be redirected to carry only northbound traffic.
- The Southbound Lanes Project:
- Completes earthwork and constructs 3.7 miles of concrete pavement from Francis/Freya to Farwell.
- Builds southbound bridges over Lincoln, Gerlach, Fairview, Market and Parksmith.
- Builds a roundabout at the southbound off ramp at Freya.
- Completes the ultimate six-lane configuration between Francis Avenue and Farwell Road.
- A total of three lanes were constructed on the Francis to Farwell Project. Currently one lane is being used for northbound traffic and one for southbound traffic; these two lanes are separated by a lane-width median. The northbound lanes opened to traffic August 22, 2009.
- The Parksmith Road Interchange will be added when traffic demands warrant the need and funding becomes available.
This page contains TIGER grant documents for downloading.
Letters signed in support of NSC TIGER Grant.
NSC TIGER Grant