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Cheney-Spokane/U.S. 195 interchange officially opens

Overpass to reduce accidents at deadly intersection


John McCallum

The new Cheney-Spokane/U.S. 195 interchange officially opened last Friday, thanks in part to the efforts of friends and family of a 16-year-old Cheney High School student who lost her life in a 2009 collision at the old at-grade intersection.

It may only be three-fourths complete, but the new interchange at Cheney-Spokane Road and U.S. 195 became officially open at ceremonies last Friday morning.

The former at-grade interchange was one of the most dangerous in the region, the site of 27 collisions between 2005 and 2008, resulting in 13 injuries that included the fatal collision that took the life of 16-year-old Cheney High School student Lorissa Green in January 2009. Debbie Hammel, Green's mother and major role player in getting the interchange built, spoke at Friday's opening, calling it a "huge day."

"For me, this is closure...

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