Good news for the Washington State Department of Transportation and the North Spokane Corridor. Not only is the NSC/Francis to Farwell-Southbound Lanes project the first TIGER (Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery) project in the nation to open bids, but all bids submitted were under the engineer’s estimate of $27,417,410.

The bids are under review for full compliance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) requirements but a contractor should be chosen in a few days.

$1.5 billion was made available under the TIGER program with over 1,400 projects totaling over $50 billion submitted from all 50 states. The NSC work was submitted along with two other Washington state projects in a competitive process for funding.

Construction is expected to start in summer 2010 with completion in late 2011. The project will add three lanes between Francis Avenue and Farwell Road. If you’d like to know more on the NSC, here’s a link to the WSDOT’s NSC web page.

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