Cantwell, mayor tour portion of North Spokane Corridor

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell toured a portion of the North Spokane Corridor project Friday with Mayor David Condon and others.

The tour was intended to help drum up support for federal funding that would pay for the next phase of the freeway project, organizers said. Cantwell, a Democrat from the Seattle suburb of Edmonds, and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican from Spokane, have urged the Transportation Department to choose the Spokane project for an $18.9 million grant that’s expected to be allocated next month.

The grant money would pay for relocating 7.5 miles of railroad tracks and a switch spur near the Freya Street interchange, building two new structures to carry freeway traffic over the tracks and extend a bicycle and pedestrian trail into Hillyard, according to the senator’s office.

It also would bring the corridor project another step closer to its eventual goal of connecting to Interstate 90.