Hayford Road will more than double in width, making it more convenient to get from U.S. Highway 2 to the Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights.
The road will be widened from Highway 2 north to the Spokane Raceway Park entrance, a 1½ -mile stretch.
The two-lane road will be converted into two northbound lanes, two southbound lanes and a middle turning lane. Bicycle paths will be built on both sides.
A sidewalk will run from the highway intersection to Ninth Avenue on the east side and along the entire expansion on the west side.
Spokane County engineer Chad Coles said the county will take bids on the $3.5 million project this spring. Work will begin in June and is scheduled to be complete by mid-September or October. Up to $2 million of the cost will be paid for by a grant from the state Transportation Improvement Board, which approved the project last November, Coles said. Area developers also will help pay for the project.
The average daily traffic count on that stretch of Hayford Road is 11,000 vehicles, and growing.
Granite Investments LLC is developing a shopping center on the northeast corner of the intersection.
Cedar Summit Estates LLC is developing an apartment complex north of the intersection. Condron Homes is also planning on building north of the intersection.
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