Thursday, September 3, 2015

Government Offices Closed Monday for Labor Day

Don't forget, Monday, September 7 is Labor Day, which means all area government offices will be closed. That includes SRTC. The City of Spokane's parking meters will be free that day so come down and check out Pig Out in the Park.

Lounger is Like Tinder, But for the Airport Crowd

Tinder isn't just for the super market, beach, gym, school, night clubs, your living room, etc. anymore. The new place to meet people using an app on your phone? The airport. The new Lounger app is being calloed "Tinder for frequent flyers" and connects travelers in airport lounges.

The Huffington Post says the idea for the app came from trends one of the co-founders noticed in airport lounges around the world. She said she would always try to make eye contact in airport lounges to encourage conversation to kill time, which could get awkward. She believes that introducing people to random strangers in the airport, whether for simply conversation or possibly romance, could make flying more exciting.

The video for it is kind of weird. For instance, why are there only three people in the airport? Oh well, if anyone tries it, let us know.



Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Drivers Say They Don't Want All That Technology That Comes With New Cars

This car dashboard has more stuff than my in-home
entertainment center
Does your new car include everything but the kitchen sink. The technology now included in new cars may be overkill, according to a report from J.D. Power. While car makers are spending billions of dollars on technology to watch TV, turn on your waffle maker or show you a live web cam of a crows nest (all things that aren't really in cars but that I would probably want if I had a wired car), CBS news says most drivers don't use the majority of it.

In the 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, released this week by J.D. Power, researchers surveyed 4,200 car and light-truck owners within 90 days of purchasing the vehicle; a critical for adoption of new features.

At least 20% of respondents said they "never use" half of 33 interactive tech features they were asked about. Forty-three percent don't use thier in-vehicle concierge, nearly four in 10 feel connected without using the car's 3G or 4G router, and 35 percent ignore the automated parking features and park the vehicle themselves.

A third of those drivers report never using the head-up display, which shows things like speed, directions or warnings on the windshield, or built-in apps such as Pandora and Yelp.

A fifth of respondents said they'd rather not have these options in their next vehicle they buy either, as well as technology that integrates controls for your smartphone into the car's in-dash media player.

What respondents said they DO want: vehicle health diagnostics, blind spot detection and warning and adaptive cruise control, which adjusts the speed to maintain a safe, consistent distance between your car and the one in front of you.

SRTC Proposes to Allocate $816 Million to Local Transportation Projects and Programs Between 2016 and 2019

I get asked a lot what projects are road construction projects are coming up in the next couple years. Considering that I can't even remember what I had for breakfast most days, I usually refer people who ask this to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is a document that lists transportation projects that jurisdictions within Spokane County plan to undertake during the upcoming four years. 

Every year the TIP is updated for the upcoming four years. We have recently completed that update process and are now asking members of the public for input on the projects included in the 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program. The 2016-2019 TIP contains:
  •   A total of 122 projects; 26 more than the current 2015-2018 TIP.
  • $816 million dollars in local transportation investments to be spent between 2016 and 2019.
  • $44 million of that amount comes from funds distributed through SRTC. The remainder  is provided through sources such as the street levy implemented by the City of Spokane, impact fees and local improvement districts.

Projects in the TIP vary; from projects that maintain and preserve our roads to construction of new facilities like the North Spokane Corridor and projects that encourage economic development. There is also bridge replacement projects, public transit improvements and bicycle and pedestrian facilities included in the document.

You can check out the 2016-2019 TIP at http://www.srtc.org/tip.html. For even more TIP-related fun, you can play around with the map below to see where projects included in the document will be located.


And if you have further questions or concerns about the TIP, we'll be holding a public meeting to give you a chance to talk to staff one-on-one about it. The meeting is Wednesday, September 23 from 4-6 p.m. at SRTC, 221 W. First Ave., Suite 310, Spokane, WA 99201.  

For those who would like to submit comments but can't make the meeting, a public comment period runs from Wednesday, September 2 through 4 p.m. on Friday, October 2. Comments can be emailed to contact.srtc@srtc.org, mailed to SRTC at the address above, or phoned in to (509) 343-6370.

SRTC Looking for an Accountant

Our accountant, Sue, has been with SRTC since I was in high school. Which was a while ago.  So she's decided it's time to retire. While that's all well and good for her (can you tell I'm slightly jealous?), that leaves us without an accountant. Which brings us to... are you an accountant looking for a new job? Have experience doing accounting for a government agency or are willing to learn? Well, we're looking for you then. SRTC has an opening for an accountant. The job description, salary and application materials are on our website here. The position is open until filled but we'll start reviewing resumes on September 18.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Proposed Spokane City Budget Nearly Doubles Transportation Spending in 2016

Spokane Mayor David Condon yesterday released his proposed 2016 budget and it includes a big increase in spending for transportation.

According to the Spokesman-Review, total city expenses for 2016 are estimated to be $824.7 million. That's a 1.4 percent increase over 2015's expenditures.

The transportation budget went from $25 million in 2015 to a proposed $46 million in 2016, mostly due to the 20-year levy that voters approved this year.

Condon said the budget reflects what he and his staff heard from citizens during efforts to engage people on social media, during telephone town halls and in person.

The City Council is responsible for approving a budget before the end of the year.

Taiwan Transit Passes Feature Porn Star; Sell Out In Hours

How do you get citizens to buy a bus pass? Put pictures of porn stars on the pass apparently. According to Newsmax, a special edition swipe card for Taiwan's mass transit system featuring (clothed) pictures of porn stars sold out within hours, despite a lot of opposition.

Critics- parents, politicians and women's advocacy groups- campaigned against the cards, saying the images disrespect women and send inappropriate messages to children. Many stores declined to sell the cards and the company ended up selling them by telephone hotline.

To appease the public, the company that made the cards said money from the cards will go to charity. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

I-5 to be Widened Near JBLM

If you drive to Olympia more than about once a year, you know what a cluster I-5 can turn into near Joint Base Lewis McChord. I make the drive about every six weeks, year round, always on Friday, and unless you hit I-5 before 1 p.m., it's bumper to bumper gridlock.

The Olympian is reporting that the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is hoping to cut down on this congestion by adding lanes to the freeway in this area. Click the map to view it full size.

The widening will include a new northbound lane from Mounts Road to Steilacoom-DuPont Road and another lane in each direction from there to Thorne. That's a total of eight lanes wide near most of the base.

The 11.9 cent gas tax increase approved in July will pay for the $494 million project.

Talking Transportation At Felts Field Neighbor Days

So despite the terrible air quality and the high winds, the Felts Field Neighbor Day event went on this weekend and we were there. As always, it was a fun event with a little of something for everyone. We were asking people about their transportation priorities and, surprisingly (I thought) for that particular event, a lot of people expressed a need for more bike lanes or even education to keep bicyclists safe.

Here are some of the pictures I took while there. Notice how bad the air looks in some of them.










Friday, August 28, 2015

Local Road Construction Update

For more information on all the projects below, and to see them in relation to each 
other on a map, check out SRTC's 2015 Spokane Regional Construction Map here. The map is updated as new projects start and existing ones wrap up.

You may notice that projects underway now are more prominent while ones that will start later this construction season are more in the background.

WSDOT

I-90/Sunset Hill to Barker Road- Sunday, Aug. 30 through as late as Thursday, Sep. 2, from about 6 a.m. until as late as 3 p.m., be alert for right lane restrictions with possible slow traffic for shoulder sweeping.  

I-90/Medical Lake Road Bridges to Four Lakes Interchange- Monday, Aug. 31 through Thursday, Sep. 3, from about 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. eastbound or westbound I-90 will be reduced to one lane for bridge maintenance and pavement patching. Be alert for slow traffic, congestion, and possible delays.

US 2-Division Street @ North River Drive- On Friday evening, Aug. 28 into Saturday morning, drivers on Division Street should expect lane restrictions as crews work on the adjacent sidewalk ADA ramps.

SR 206/Bruce Road to Mt. Spokane State Park Gate- Be alert for some delays with flaggers and/or pilot cars directing single-lane, alternating traffic to accomomodate paint striping. 

US 195-Southbound/I-90 to Excelsior Road (MP 95-87)- Be alert for southbound US 195 reduced to one lane in multiple work areas with possible slower traffic for pavement repairs. A temporary speed reduction of 45 MPH is in effect for the southbound lanes.  

US 395/North Spokane Corridor/Little Spokane River Bridge- On Tuesday, Sept. 1, from about 8 a.m. until as late at 2:30 p.m., be alert for right lane restrictions in the northbound lanes during the morning, then switching to southbound in the afternoon for a bridge inspection.

SR 290-Trent Ave./Sullivan Road to Idaho State Line- From about 6 p.m. until as late as 6 a.m. the following morning, paving, shoulder work, rumble strip installation, and pavement marking work will be underway along SR290 between Wellesley and the State Line. During these hours drivers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes with flaggers and pilot cars directing single lane traffic. 

SPOKANE VALLEY
Argonne from Appleway to Sprague - Lane closures from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. until early September. One lane will remain open at all times. 

Main at Mullan - Access from Main onto Mullan will be closed at times from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays through late August.

Mansfield Avenue between Pines Rd. and Houk Rd.- Narrow lanes from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. through late September for utility work and road reconstruction.  

Mullan from Sprague to Broadway- Lane closures from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. until early September. Two lanes will remain open at all times. Night work will take place from 8 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. on August 31 through September 2. Detour via Sprague, Vista and Broadway will be posted.

Sullivan from Trent to Wellesley - Reduced to one lane each direction through late August. 
Sullivan Road Bridge Replacement Project Area:
·         The southbound Sullivan Road Bridge across the Spokane River is closed until spring 2016 for bridge demolition and replacement work.  Traffic is reduced to one lane northbound and two lanes southbound. 
·         Reductions to one lane southbound Monday through Friday between 5 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
·         Turns from Indiana onto northbound Sullivan are reduced to one lane.
·         Expect construction vehicles in the project area.
·       The Centennial Trail below the bridge remains closed with signs redirecting trail users onto surface streets. 

SPOKANE COUNTY
Christensen Road Bridge- Remove and replace bridge. Detour in place.

Old Trails/Inland Road from Riverside State Park to Marchand Road- Road closed and restrictions from Seven Mile Road to the State Park for reconstruction and paving.

Appleway/Spokane Bridge Road Trailhead Parking Lot- Parking lot closed for construction.

Elliot Road Culvert Replacement- Replace culvert under bridge. One lane on highway closed. Temporary traffic signal in place.

SPOKANE CITY
School Speed Zones- School is back in session for Spokane Public Schools on Monday, Aug. 31 so slow down and obey the reduced speed limits in school zones. 

Panorama Drive Water Main Replacement- Closed to traffic. Paving is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29.

Upriver Drive Closure- The north half of Upriver between Stone and Regal will be closed from Friday, August 28 until Tuesday, September 1 for asphalt repair.

Sunset Highway Lane Closure- Two lanes on Sunset Highway near Grove Road will be closed to install a water main until Monday, September 7.

Sprague Lane Closure- Avista will be closing the northern lane of Sprague from 1214 W Sprague to the intersection of Adams to install underground conduit until Monday, September 7.

Francis Avenue ITS Devices Installation Project- This project calls for installation of Variable Message Signs, Closed Circuit TV systems, fiber optic cables, and other related miscellaneous items from Division to the east city limits. Intermittent lane closures for the duration of the project.

Monroe/Lincoln Couplet Work- The project includes water main installation and reconstruction of the street from 2nd to 4th Avenues and will replace the asphalt surfacing, including ADA ramps as needed.  Cedar Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue has one lane available during road reconstruction. Jefferson Street from 3rd to 4th is closed for mainline installation. 4th Avenue from Jefferson to Monroe is also closed. Lincoln and Monroe Street both have limited access along the east half of the street from 2nd to 4th Avenue. 

First Avenue from Helena to Altamont- A residential grind and overlay pavement preservation project. Work includes subgrade repair, crack sealing, ADA ramps, striping and traffic control. Closure of 1st Avenue will last until September. The corner of Napa and 1st is closed with a detour provided.

Rowan Avenue Improvements- This project includes reconstruction of the street from Driscoll Blvd. to Monroe Street. The project also includes installation of bike lanes, filling sidewalk gaps and replacing water lanes. It will last until October.

Havana Street Improvements- Glenrose Road from 57th Avenue to Havana Street is closed. Work is underway at the intersection of Freya and 44th with traffic and pedestrian improvements. Improvements include full width pavement replacement, complete sidewalk gaps and porous asphalt bicycle lanes.  This project will also include installation of a water transmission main between 37th Avenue and the Brown Park reservoirs at 57th Avenue.

Indiana Avenue Roadway Replacement- Indiana is closed from Division to Dakota.This project will include full depth roadway replacement and change lane configuration to one lane each direction with bike lanes.

Residential Chip Seal Program- The project will be in three different locations; Regal Street from Rowan Avenue to Francis Avenue; 33rd Avenue to 36th Avenue from Grand Boulevard to Perry Street; and Elm Street from Broadway Avenue to Boone Avenue. Chip sealing consists of one-fourth chip repairs and a fog seal. This project also includes minor pavement repair and crack sealing. 

Residential Grind and Overlay Projects- 
o   Friday, August 28 till Friday, September 11-  Dakota Street from Montgomery Avenue to North Foothills Drive
o   Friday, September 11 till Tuesday, October 6- F Street from Rosamond Avenue to 6th Avenue

High Drive Sewer Overflow Project- This project includes pavement reconstruction, storm, sewer, swales, and water main replacement from Bernard Street to Grand Boulevard. 43rd Ave. from Garfield St. to Perry St. will be closed until late September with a detour via Perry.Construction is expected last through the fall. This week’s work includes;

o   43rd Avenue will include grading for paving
o   Friday, August 28 base lift paving
o   Curb and sidewalk installation
o   Landscaping and paver work will begin Monday, August 31

Wall Street and Main Avenue Intersection Work- Work in the intersection of Wall Street and Main Avenue continues. The intersection of Wall Street and Main Avenue is anticipated to reopen before Friday, September 4. Street closures for the intersection work include:
o   Main Street from Post to Howard Street
o   Post Street northbound from Riverside to Main Avenue 





Thursday, August 27, 2015

Woman Cited for Breast-Feeding and Driving on I-5

Okay, I've seen a LOT of stuff going on while people are driving. I've seen a guy brush his teeth, a woman blowing up balloons, a young woman changing her clothes and even a teenager eating cereal. But this is a new one. A Mountlake Terrace, WA woman was recently stopped on I-5 for breastfeeding while driving.

According to the Seattle PI,the woman was feeding her 1-year-old son to keep him from crying. She was written a $136 ticket for having an unrestrained child. And, that's not even the best part; the woman admitted that she had been pulled over before for the same infraction. 

Area Road Grading Delayed By Fire Season

Live on a dirt or gravel road in Spokane that is super dusty this summer? Well get used to it, it's not going to get better right away. Most summers, the Spokane County road department grades 1,100 miles of unpaved roads. So why not this year? Because of the risk of wildfires.

According to KXLY News, County officials don't want to risk a blade hitting rocks, causing a spark that could touch off a wildfire. The county acknowledges that this is the worst they have seen unpaved county roads on record but say crews will not be able to grade the roads until they are fully saturated in a rain storm.

For those asking why water trucks can't be used to saturate the roads, officials say there are simply too many miles of roads and only six water trucks.

Crews do monitor the unpaved roads to make sure they aren't dangerous though.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Rutter Parkway Rocks to be Removed

In place for almost 80 years, the "dragon's teeth" rocks that line Rutter Parkway near the Little Spokane River will be removed this year.

According to the Spokesman-Review, members of the Civilian Conservation Corps spent the majority of 1937 embedding the jagged pieces of granite along Rutter as a safety feature.

They're not considered so safe now though. During a repaving project earlier this summer, Spokane County engineers determined the rocks impede grading projects and snowplows.

The rocks won't just be thrown away though. The city, county and state are all after the 400 rocks to be used on other projects. Spokane County representatives suggest using them to line the parking area of a trailhead along the north side of the river, where hikers park to visit the Indian Painted Rocks.

Location of Today's Transportation Technical Committee Meeting Changed

An FYI if you are planning to attend today's Transportation Technical Committee meeting- it has been moved to conference room 2B at the Spokane County Public Works Building. It still starts at 1:30 p.m. As always, everyone is welcome to attend.

Administrative Assistant Needed- NOW

Are you an administrative professional? Interested in transportation? Organized? Slightly mothering? Have a sense of humor? Willing to put up with my whining because I can't get clearance to buy an SRTC snow cone machine? Then you may be who we're looking for. SRTC has an opening for an Administrative Assistant effective immediately. Like yesterday. Because that was our previous admin person's last day.

Check out the job description and how to apply here then get on it. The position is open until filled, with the first review of resumes on Sept. 11 but we need someone ASAP. 

Changes Proposed to the Transportation Improvement Program

An amendment to the 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) proposes adding two Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) projects, removing one WSDOT project from the program and adding federal funds to a Spokane County project.

The TIP is a document that identifies projects programmed to be undertaken or constructed during the upcoming four years. It includes project names and descriptions, the jurisdiction sponsoring them, funding attached to each project, and where the funding came from (local, state or federal funds).

The TIP is amended regularly as SRTC’s member jurisdictions have projects to add, change or remove from the program. The latest proposed amendment consists of (click to view full size):



If you have thoughts on the proposed amendment to the TIP, we would appreciate hearing them. A public comment period runs until 4 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2015. Comments can be submitted by emailing to
contact.srtc@srtc.org, mailed to SRTC at 221 W. 1st Ave., Suite 310, Spokane, WA, or by calling (509) 343-6370.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Local Road Construction Update

For more information on all the projects below, and to see them in relation to each 
other on a map, check out SRTC's 2015 Spokane Regional Construction Map here. The map is updated as new projects start and existing ones wrap up.

You may notice that projects underway now are more prominent while ones that will start later this construction season are more in the background.

WSDOT
I-90/Sunset Hill to Barker Road- Sunday Aug 23 through Thursday, Aug 27, from about 6 a.m. until as late as 3 p.m., drivers should be alert for left lane or right lane restrictions with possible slow traffic for shoulder sweeping.

I-90/Medical Lake Road Bridges- Monday, Aug. 24 from about 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. westbound I-90 will be reduced to one lane for bridge maintenance.  On Tuesday, Aug. 24, from about 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. eastbound I-90 will be reduced to one lane.  Drivers should be alert for slow traffic, congestion, and possible delays.

US 2-Ruby Street @ North River Drive & Indiana Intersections- Drivers on Ruby Street should expect lane restrictions as crews work on the adjacent sidewalk ADA ramps.

I-90/ Argonne, Liberty Lake Interchange Sidewalk ADA Ramps- Be alert for lane restrictions near freeway ramp/local street intersections for upgrades to sidewalk ramps at intersections.  No freeway mainline restrictions.  All ramps open.

SR 206/Bruce Road to Mt. Spokane State Park Gate- Be alert for long delays with flaggers and/or pilot cars directing single-lane, alternating traffic as crews chip seal the roadway. When loose gravel is present on the roadway, the legal speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph.  Drivers should be alert for speed limit signage.

US 195-Southbound/I-90 to Excelsior Road- Be alert for southbound US 195 reduced to one lane in multiple work areas with possible slower traffic as crews repair concrete in the southbound lanes. A temporary speed reduction is in effect. 

SR 290-Trent Ave./Sullivan Road to Idaho State Line- From about 6 p.m. until as late as 6 a.m. the following morning, paving, shoulder work and pavement marking work will be underway along SR 290 between Wellesley and the State Line. Expect delays of up to 20 minutes with flaggers and pilot cars directing single lane traffic. 

SPOKANE CITY
Wall and Main Intersection Work- Work in the intersection of Wall Street and Main Avenue continues. Crews are working 12 hour days and worked through the weekend in an effort to have Main Street open as soon as possible. Working conditions have been challenging and difficult due to the tight location of existing infrastructure pipes. Paving of the intersection is anticipated for Monday, August 25 and it is anticipated to reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

High Drive and Hatch Closure- This project includes pavement reconstruction, storm, sewer, swales, and water main replacement from Bernard Street to Grand Boulevard. Construction is expected last through the fall. Work on the intersection of Scott Street and 43rd Avenue will wrap up this week. The next two weeks grading, paving and curb work will be happening at this intersection. Mid-week drywell installation will be occurring between Thurston to 39th Avenue and Grand Blvd. to Garfield Street. 43rd Ave. from Garfield St. to Perry St. will be closed until late September. 

Monroe/Lincoln Couplet WorkCedar Street from 4th Avenue north to the alley is closed for work on Cedar. This work is for a drainage structure and piping installation. The project includes reconstruction of the street from 2nd to 4th Avenues and will replace the asphalt surfacing, including ADA ramps as needed. 

Residential Grind and Overlay- 
o   Tuesday, August 18 till Friday, August 28- Hartley Street from Royal Drive to Lyons Avenue
o   Friday, August 28 till Friday, September 11- Dakota Street from Montgomery Avenue to North Foothills Drive
o   Friday, September 11 till Tuesday, October 6- F Street from Rosamond Avenue to 6th Avenue 
o  First Avenue from Helena to Altamont

Sprague Avenue Lane Closure- Avista will close the northern lane of Sprague from 1214 W. Sprague to the intersection of Adams to install underground conduit starting Tuesday, August 25 to Monday, September 7.

Rowan Avenue Project- This project includes reconstruction of the street from Driscoll Blvd. to Monroe Street. The project also includes installation of bike lanes, filling sidewalk gaps and replacing water lanes. It is expected to last until October.

Francis Avenue ITS Devices Project- This project calls for installation of Variable Message Signs, Closed Circuit TV systems, fiber optic cables, and other related miscellaneous items along Francis from Division to the East City Limnits. Motorist will see intermittent lane closures for the duration of the project.

Havana Street from Glenrose to 37th- Glenrose Road from 57th Avenue to Havana Street is closed to thru traffic. Work has begun at the intersection of Freya and 44th with traffic and pedestrian improvements. Improvements include full width pavement replacement, complete sidewalk gaps and pilot project porous asphalt bicycle lanes.  This project will also include installation of a 36 inch water transmission main between 37th Avenue and the Brown Park reservoirs at 57th Avenue.

Indiana Avenue from Division to PerryIndiana is closed from Division to Dakota.This project will include full depth roadway replacement and change lane configuration to one lane each direction with bike lanes.

SPOKANE VALLEY
Argonne from Appleway to Sprague- Lane closures from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. until early September. One lane will remain open at all times. 

Main at Mullan- Access from Main onto Mullan will be closed at times from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays through late August

Mansfield Avenue between Pines Rd and Houk Rd.- Narrow lanes from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. through late September for utility work and road reconstruction. Traffic may be reduced to one lane at times with flaggers. 

Montgomery from University to Dartmouth- Narrowed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. until late August. Pedestrian route available on one side of Montgomery at all times.

Mullan from Sprague to Broadway- Lane closures from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. until early September. Two lanes will remain open at all times. 

Sullivan from Trent to Wellesley- Reduced to one lane in each direction around the clock through late August. 
Sullivan Road Bridge Replacement Project Area:
·       The southbound Sullivan Road Bridge across the Spokane River is closed until spring 2016 for bridge demolition and replacement work. Traffic is reduced to one lane northbound and two lanes southbound. 
·        Reductions to one lane southbound Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
·         Turns from Indiana onto northbound Sullivan are reduced to one lane.
·       The Centennial Trail below the bridge remains closed with signs redirecting trail users onto surface streets. 

The following locations will be closed to through traffic around the clock until September 2015 for water main work:
·         25th Avenue (between Bowdish and University)
·         22nd Avenue (between University and Sunrise)
·         Chinook (between Sunrise and Oberlin)
·         Oberlin (between Chinook and 16th Avenue)
·         Sunrise (between University and Chinook)

Freya Sidewalk Work Starts Today

Work on the City of Spokane's Community Development (CD) Sidewalks begins on Freya Street from 20th to 21st avenues today.  Freya Street is currently closed from Hartson Street to 29th Avenue through the end of August for work on the Combined Sewer Overflow tank at Underhill Park. The closure will now include work on Freya from 20th to 21st Avenue for new sidewalk installation, driveway, and wheel chair ramps.  The closure will go through Friday, August 29 at 5 p.m.

Completing the sidewalk work on Freya during the existing closure for CSO work will allow the sidewalk work to complete 7 working days ahead of schedule and without further disruption to Freya. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Consider yourself notified. I'm out of here for vacation and there will be a hiatus in blogging. Posts
start again on Monday, Aug. 24 so check back then.

Local Road Construction Update

For more information on all the projects below, and to see them in relation to each 
other on a map, check out SRTC's 2015 Spokane Regional Construction Map here. The map is updated as new projects start and existing ones wrap up.

You may notice that projects underway now are more prominent while ones that will start later this construction season are more in the background.

WSDOT
I-90/Sunset Hill to Division Street- Sunday evening, Aug 16 through Thursday morning, Aug 20, from about 10 p.m. until as late as 5 a.m., be alert for left lane and center lane restrictions with possible intermittent on or off ramp closures for pavement and bridge joint repairs. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 18) from about 10 p.m. until as late as 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, the westbound Division/Browne Street on ramp and the westbound Lincoln Street off ramp will be closed. On Wednesday (Aug. 19) from about 10 p.m. until as late as 5 a.m. Thursday morning, the westbound Monroe/Jefferson on ramp and the westbound Maple/Walnut off ramp will be closed.

US 2-Division Street/North River Drive to Euclid Ave.; Wedgewood, Cozza Intersections-Through Friday, August 21, drivers on Division Street and/or Ruby Street should expect lane restrictions as crews work on the adjacent sidewalk ADA ramps.

I-90/Broadway, Argonne, Evergreen, & Sullivan Interchange Sidewalk ADA Ramps-
Through Sunday, Aug. 23, be alert for lane restrictions near freeway ramp/local street intersections for upgrades to ADA sidewalk ramps.  No freeway mainline restrictions. All ramps open.

SR 206/Bruce Road to Mt. Spokane State Park Gate- Be alert for long delays with flaggers and/or pilot cars directing single-lane, alternating traffic while crews chip seal the roadway. When loose gravel is present on the roadway, the legal speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph. Be alert for speed limit signage.

US 195-Southbound/I-90 to Excelsior Road- Be alert for southbound US 195 reduced to one  lane in multiple work areas with possible slow traffic while crews rehabilitate the pavement and replace pavement panels.

SR 290-Trent Ave./Sullivan Road to Idaho State Line- Beginning Aug. 17, from about 6 p.m. until as late as 6 a.m. the following morning, paving will be underway along SR290 between Wellesley and the State Line.  During these hours drivers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes with flaggers and pilot cars directing single lane traffic. Also, sections of this roadway between Wellesley and the State Line will be posted with an advisory speed limit of 35mph due to fresh oil.  

SPOKANE VALLEY
16th & Virginia Intersection - Closed from 6:30 a.m. on Monday, August 17 through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18 for paving.  A detour via McDonald will be posted.

Argonne from Appleway to Sprague - Lane closures from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. until early September. One lane will remain open at all times. Access to businesses and residents will still be available with brief interruptions. 

Main at Mullan - Access from Main onto Mullan will be closed at times from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays through late August

Montgomery from University to Dartmouth - Narrowed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. until late August. Pedestrian route available on one side of Montgomery at all times.

Mullan from Sprague to Broadway- Lane closures from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. until early September. Two lanes will remain open at all times. Access to businesses and residents will still be available with brief interruptions.

Sullivan from Trent to Wellesley - Reduced to one lane in each direction around the clock through late August. 
Sullivan Road Bridge Replacement Project Area:
·         The southbound Sullivan Road Bridge across the Spokane River is closed until spring 2016 for bridge demolition and replacement work.  Traffic remains reduced to one lane northbound and two lanes southbound. 
·         Expect reductions to one lane southbound Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
·         Northbound traffic is restricted to vehicles ten feet wide or less.  Oversized vehicles should use Barker or Pines as alternatives.
·         Turns from Indiana onto northbound Sullivan are reduced to one lane.
·         Expect construction vehicles in the project area.
·         Signs and buoys have been placed to redirect river traffic below the bridge. 
·         Flaggers may occasionally direct traffic on the Centennial Trail.

The following locations will be closed to through traffic around the clock until September 2015 for water main work:
·         25th Avenue (between Bowdish and University)
·         22nd Avenue (between University and Sunrise)
·         Chinook (between Sunrise and Oberlin)
·         Oberlin (between Chinook and 16th Avenue)

·         Sunrise (between University and Chinook)

About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.