Freya St. Bridge Completion Ceremony Set for May 20th at 4pm - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Freya St. Bridge Completion Ceremony Set for May 20th at 4pm

SPOKANE, Wash. - Join Mayor Mary Verner, representatives from the Freight Mobility Board, artist Roger Ralston, and other officials for the Freya St. Bridge completion ceremony on the south end of the bridge on Thursday, May 20, at 4 p.m.

The Freya St. Bridge project built a single structure over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad lines just north of Broadway Avenue, replacing two side-by-side bridges. The $7 million project began August 1, 2009, and is set to be complete by Friday, May 28, 2010, opening just in time for Memorial Day weekend travelers. The project was funded by federal Bridge Replacement money, the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board, and City of Spokane.

"This project will complete the Freya Corridor, which provides a critical transportation link for commercial traffic," says Mayor Mary Verner. "This project also will relieve traffic congestion and improve safety for drivers and other road users."

For the ceremony, motorists can park in the dirt lot on Springfield Ave. to the west of the bridge. Garco Construction, the contractor on the project, and the Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) are sponsoring the celebration.

Until the bridge reopens, motorists are detoured around the closure to Broadway Ave, Fancher Rd., and Trent Ave.  Freya St. remains open to local traffic, allowing access to the businesses along the project.

The Freya Street Bridge is the last of five projects that essentially rebuilt the Freya Street corridor.  Other projects completed over the last six years include: the new Freya Way Bridge; completion of the Thor/Freya St. Couplet; rehabilitation of Freya St. from Sprague to Alki avenues, and realignment of Broadway Ave. which moved its connection with Freya St. to Alki Ave.

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