After decades of dreaming, years of planning and months of construction, officials celebrated the completion of the infrastructure on the site of the Education Corridor with a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 15.
Formed from a collaboration among North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College, the University of Idaho, the City of Coeur d’Alene and the Lake City Development Corporation, the Education Corridor is a visionary higher education corridor stretching along the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene to the north of NIC’s current campus, that will provide academic opportunities and make a positive economic impact for residents of North Idaho.
Representatives from each of the institutions and organizations involved broke ground on the $3.6 million construction project by MDM Construction in June. Phase 1A of the project, paid for with urban renewal funding, included roadways, roundabouts, sidewalks, curbs and a traffic signal on Northwest Boulevard and Hubbard. Planning for phase 1B of the project will be considered in the spring.
Click here to watch portions of the ceremony on YouTube.
In front of the new traffic signal at Hubbard and Northwest Boulevard, North Idaho College President Priscilla Bell holds the scissors during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Education Corridor while (starting left) NIC Board Chair Mic Armon, Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem and Lake City Development Corporation Board Chair Denny Davis applaud.