Construction on a new interchange at Parksmith Road gets under way this month, a milestone that signals traffic and safety improvements are nearly complete on the northern five miles of the new North Spokane Corridor.
When complete, the interchange, located between Francis Avenue and Farwell Road, will provide convenient access to retail and residential areas in the Mead community, as well as the nearby commercial and industrial properties along the new transportation corridor.
â€śWhen this project is finished in 2012, the entire north half of the North Spokane Corridor will be completed and open to traffic,â€ť said Regional Administrator Keith Metcalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation. â€śWe now have four projects under construction in this five-mile section of the corridor.â€ť
Construction work on the corridor began in 2001 and the right-of-way acquisition, design, and construction so far totals about $600 million.
Upcoming construction at the Parksmith Road interchange includes final grading and paving of the northbound and southbound on- and off-ramps. The interchange work also includes building a bridge over Market Street for the southbound on-ramp, realignment of Market Street and construction of a new signalized intersection of Parksmith Road and Market Street.
There will be a few minor traffic disruptions during the project. When work gets under way Market Street will have occasional lane restrictions and Parksmith Road will remain closed with nearby Hawthorne Road continuing as an easy alternative route to connect to Market Street.
The Max J. Kuney Co. of Spokane is the prime contractor for this $6.9 million interchange project. The work is scheduled to take less than a year to complete and should be done as soon as the middle of 2012, depending on the weather over the winter.
This $6.9 million project is funded through the Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. The grant is a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Additional information about the North Spokane Corridor is available on the web at www.nscfreeway.com.