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Freeway leg open to traffic

A completed north Spokane freeway – sought for more than a half-century – would bring economic growth to the region as much as it would speed traffic across the city, business leaders say.

Finished span of road buoys faith in corridor

Finally, Spokane has something concrete to show for half a century of dreaming and talking about a north-south highway. On Saturday, the first drivable link of what’s now officially called the North Spokane Corridor will open amid the customary hoopla – ribbon-cutting, hot dogs, showy cars and monster equipment, balloons, T-shirts and a cast of dignitaries. The most underwhelming part of the event will be the showpiece infrastructure itself: 3.7 miles of pavement (one lane in each direction) between Francis Avenue and Farwell Road. There will be bike and pedestrian paths, too, but the driver behind this project has always been the need for freight and passengers to move efficiently north of Spokane.

North Spokane freeway

The first section of the long-awaited north-south freeway will open soon. Here is an aerial view of the new section which runs north-northwest through the Mead area, ending at Farwell Rd. The final extension will turn northwest, cross Hwy. 2 and connect to U.S. 395. There is no audio with this aerial video.

Volunteer honored

Some volunteers work on the front lines, visible to the community. Everyone knows their names and positions. But another kind of volunteer spends hours behind the scenes, serving quietly without fanfare. That’s the style of Patrick DeVries. Recently, the North Spokane Exchange Club presented him with its annual Golden Deeds Award, recognizing his efforts. DeVries, owner of DeVries Business Services, was honored for his work with Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest as a board member and past president.

Without fanfare, man helps Crime Stoppers thrive

Some volunteers work on the front lines, visible to the community. Everyone knows their names and positions. But another kind of volunteer spends hours behind the scenes.

Volunteer honored: Without fanfare, man helps Crime Stoppers thrive

Some volunteers work on the front lines, visible to the community. Everyone knows their names and positions. But another kind of volunteer spends hours behind the scenes, serving quietly without fanfare. That’s the style of Patrick DeVries. And on June 11, the North Spokane Exchange Club presented him with its annual Golden Deeds Award, recognizing his efforts. DeVries, owner of DeVries Business Services, was honored for his work with Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest as a board member and past president.

State lawmakers keep it local

OLYMPIA – Last year, in his bid to win a seat in the Statehouse, Spokane-area coffee entrepreneur Kevin Parker knocked on nearly 22,000 doors. It worked. In a difficult year for Republican candidates, Parker ousted a Democratic incumbent.

Corridor leg opens in August

The Washington state Department of Transportation will open the first segment of a new north Spokane freeway this summer at the same time that one of the largest contracts in the multiyear project is about to start. A ribbon-cutting is planned for 1 p.m. on Aug. 22 at a segment of freeway extending from Freya Street just north of Francis Avenue to Farwell Road, a distance of more than three miles.

North-south freeway work means Highway 2 restrictions

A major step in construction of a new north Spokane freeway gets under way today with new lane restrictions and a detour on U.S. Highway 2. The detour and restrictions will continue for the coming year as contractors lower the lanes of U.S. 2 to pass beneath the freeway.

Corridor waits on funds

OLYMPIA – Don’t look for a flood of federal or state cash to suddenly speed up construction on the 53-years-and-counting North Spokane Corridor. The federal stimulus plan, slated to be signed today, includes no sweepstakes-size check to complete the region’s $3.3 billion “mega-project.” But in Olympia, where base hits can win a game, local legislators are pushing ahead on several fronts to keep construction moving ahead.

Lawmakers search for north-south freeway funding

OLYMPIA – Don’t look for a flood of federal or state cash to suddenly speed up construction on the 53-years-and-counting North Spokane Corridor. The federal stimulus plan, slated to be signed today, includes no sweepstakes-sized check to complete the region’s $3.3 billion “mega-project.”

Spokane-area MOMS clubs provide help, friendship

From the plethora of tiny footprints leading up to Jen Macakanja’s front door on Dec. 17, you’d think the north Spokane resident had been visited by lots of Santa’s elves. However, the piles of boots, mittens and coats stacked just inside her front door, combined with the excited shrieks of small children, revealed Macakanja was hosting the monthly meeting of MOMS Club of Spokane-North.

North-south freeway worth funding, lawmaker says

The federal government should provide more money to help build the North Spokane Corridor, a high-ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee told local leaders Wednesday in Spokane. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said the federal contribution to the roadway – which has been long-discussed but only recently under construction – is “a little embarrassing.” The federal government has chipped in about $18 million, compared to more than $500 million in state and local money.

Rossi’s road plan taps vehicle sales taxes

OLYMPIA – Saying that key transportation choke points are "a foot on the air hose of the Washington economy," Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi on Tuesday proposed a 30-year, $15.4 billion plan to fix them. Much of the money would come from the existing sales tax on vehicles. Critics called Rossi's proposal little but air.

Budget funds study of corridor tolls

OLYMPIA – As state lawmakers seek dollars for the multibillion-dollar North Spokane Corridor project, they want to see if a Western Washington strategy – charging tolls – would make sense in Spokane. Tucked deep in the 75-page House transportation budget approved Friday is a paragraph ordering transportation officials to research "the feasibility of administering tolls on the U.S. 395 North Spokane corridor." The study would look at tolling all lanes and just truck lanes.