House adopts amendment to prioritize right turn lane at deadly Spokane intersection
During floor debate of the state transportation budget, the House adopted an amendment that would require a right turn lane at the intersection of U.S. 195 and Cheney-Spokane Road before any other construction is done with funds allocated for the site.
Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, supported the amendment to provide a more immediate fix to the unsafe intersection.
“We introduced this project following the tragic death of Lorissa Green, with a sense of urgency. In the months since then, two more accidents have occurred at the same intersection,” Parker told colleagues on the House floor. “The construction of a new interchange will take four to six years. Placing a right turn lane on this stretch of highway will hopefully eliminate a serious danger in only a matter of weeks.”
The amendment will now be a part of the overall transportation budget, Senate Bill 5352. Parker voted of the transportation budget, which passed 65-30. It will now be sent to the Senate for agreement on the amendments made in the House.
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