US 395 - North Spokane Corridor Ribbon Cutting Celebration
The first ribbon cutting ceremony for the US 395 – North Spokane Corridor “Francis Avenue to Farwell Road Project” was held Saturday afternoon, August 22, 2009. This ceremony kicked off the opening of the first drivable segment of the NSC, from Francis Avenue to the US 2/Farwell Road vicinity, approximately 3.5 miles. It may seem like a lot of hoopla for small stretch of road, but it’s a significant step considering the 50-year history of the project.
Community organizations teamed up with WSDOT for the event. People attending the festivities took the free shuttle bus provided by Spokane Transit Authority, from Mead High School to the ceremony site. Elected officials made speeches supporting the long envisioned North Spokane Corridor and pledged their commitment to secure future funding to complete the corridor. The Lilac City Volkssport Association hosted a walk along the full length of the new alignment. Local bike enthusiasts as part of the Bike to Work organization rode the new pedestrian/bicycle trail that parallels the NSC alignment. Scout Troop 419 Presented the Colors (flag ceremony). The Washington Air National Guard Band provided the music. The Dukes Auto Club of Spokane had classic cars on display, and a parade of cars after the ribbon cutting. The Associated General Contractors (AGC) had heavy equipment on display; front loader buckets were filled with bottled water on ice. AGC also provided free hot dogs, souvenir US 395 hand held fans and mini hard hats.
Approximately 1,000 people attended the celebration. The new lanes were officially opened to traffic later that evening.
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