About 11,000 vehicles per day travel on the nearly 6-mile long route. That’s up from less than 4,000 per day in 2009.
Completing the northern half of the NSC helped speed up north/south freight traffic in the Spokane metro area. Drivers on the US 395 corridor now cut up to 20 minutes off their travel time by using the NSC, then connecting to the Market, Greene and Freya route. Drivers only encounter 11 traffic signals instead of plodding along on Division Street through 29 signalized intersections and countless business approaches.
With the north half of the 10-mile corridor complete, the first construction project in the south half of the NSC got started in early October, the Francis Avenue Bridge Replacement project. The next project in the pipeline is the rail relocation and trail extension job in the Hillyard area. These are the only projects currently funded for construction.
To date, about $615 million has been allocated for the NSC. An additional $1.3 billion is needed to fully fund all of the remaining work to build the full facility from Francis to I-90. Engineers are working on less costly interim configurations to create a drivable link through the remaining 5-mile section.
I think that's an awesome idea.. focusing on interim designs to speed up the project to connect to I-90. But do we really need that Children of the Sun trail right now? Why not use the money that we are using to build that, and put it into the nsc freeway to I-90 to speed things up perhaps a little bit?
There are a couple reasons we can't just forget the trail for now- it satisfies federal requirements for transportation facilities such as the NSC and trails like this cost so little to build that skipping it and putting the money toward the freeway wouldn't be enough money to move things on the actual freeway along faster. When all constructed, the trail will be a good resource for people wanting to ride their bike, then jump on the bus, allowing them to leave their cars at home. I get this question on occasion, so you're not the only one thinking it.