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September 8, 2010 in City

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, second from left, breaks ground with other federal and state dignitaries Tuesday on the next phase of the north-south freeway, paid for with a $35 million stimulus grant.

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, exits a Chevy Suburban on his way to speak at a ceremony marking the start of construction of the southbound lanes of the North Spokane Corridor between Francis Avenue and Farwell Road. The event was held on land that will serve as the soutbound lanes near a railroad tunnel that goes under the freeway.

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood speaks to the media on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, after participating in a groundbreaking ceremony for a 3.7-mile stretch of the southbound lanes of the North Spokane Corridor. The event was held on top of the future lanes, near a railroad tunnel that goes under the freeway.

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U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., shakes the hand of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood as Spokane Mayor Mary Verner applauds during a ceremony marking the start of construction on a portion of the North Spokane Corridor.