Spokane to net $200 million in Washington State transportation funding; most to go to North Spokane Corridor

The Washington state Senate and House both passed $10 billion, two-year transportation spending bills in the last two weeks, with more than $200 million dedicated to projects in the Spokane area.

Most of this money is allocated toward construction of the North Spokane Corridor freeway, but funding also is reserved for rail projects, a freight facility at the airport, Spokane Transit Authority’s Central City Line and bikeways related to work on East Sprague Avenue.

With $15 million separating the two bills, however, the projects aren’t assured. A conference committee of legislators will have to meet to reconcile the differences, which could take weeks. The legislative session is scheduled to end April 28.