U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was right here in my backyard yesterday and I didn’t even get to see him. The boss apparently ‘forgot’ to remind me about it, even though he knows about my creepy LaHood facination.

LaHood was in town to celebrate the start of a phase of North Spokane Corridor construction paid for by the 2009 federal stimulus package.

Here’s the story, plus how state officials say they’ll be ready if President Obama’s plan for $50 billion in transportation projects wins support. I’ll be sulking at my desk while you read it.

In the meantime, removal of buildings in the way of the new freeway will start again this fall. Here’s when work starts in the East Central neighborhood and how many homes and buildings will be removed.

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