Drivers tired of tie-ups on Interstate 90 between Sprague Avenue and Argonne Road may get some relief from the Legislature.
The House Transportation Committee on Monday added $1 million to widen that stretch of the freeway and improve on-ramps.
The $1 million may look like a drop in the bucket compared to the project’s $47 million price, but legislators say it’s a start.
“It will get the ball rolling,” said Rep. Larry Crouse, R-Spokane Valley. “With the rapid growth in the Valley, this project is definitely needed.”
Additional money for the project will have to come from a future budget, but Crouse said he is confident that can happen.
The first $13 million stage of the project would lengthen on-ramps and begin groundwork to add lanes. Crouse said the work could begin as early as next spring.
The project is part of the $152 million supplemental transportation budget that is headed to the House floor later this month.
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