Thursday, July 2, 2015

Local 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.

SPOKANE COUNTY

Christensen Road Bridge- Bridge closed to be removed and reconstructed. A marked detour is in place.

Wellesley Ave Sidewalks (Harvard to Arden)- Rebuilding damaged sidewalks and adding new ones. Watch for flaggers in the area.

Palouse Highway (Jamieson to Freya & Windmill to Jamieson)- Pavement Removal and Replacement. There are speed and lane restrictions in place from 57th south to Windmill but 57th to Freya is now open. 

Cedar Bridge (500 ft North of Cheney Spangle Road)- Bridge closed for removal and replacement. Watch for flaggers.

Elliot Road Culvert Replacement (Intersection of SR 206)- Project to start July 6 to replace culvert that carries Deadman Creek under the road. A new concrete box culvert will be installed as the old culvert impeded fish passage. The new bridge will be constructed in stages to allow traffic to continue to use Elliot Road.  

WSDOT
US 195-Southbound/I-90 to Excelsior Road- Beginning July 6, be alert for southbound US 195 reduced to one through lane in multiple work areas with possible slower traffic as crews reploace concrete panels.  

SR 290-Trent Ave./Sullivan Road to Idaho State Line- No work July 2-5. Weekdays from about 6 p.m. pm until as late as 6 a.m. the following morning, expect a lane reduction on SR 290/Trent Ave. for both westbound and eastbound traffic between Sullivan Road and Wellesley Ave. Drivers may also encounter intermittent Sullivan Interchange ramp closures when paving is underway. In addition, drivers should watch for lane restrictions on Sullivan road between Trent and Wellesley. Crews are repaving the roadway.

US 2/Colbert Road to Westwood Road-On July 8-9, northbound or southbound US 2 will be reduced to one lane in work areas for pavement patching.

SPOKANE CITY
Riverpark Square Parking Garage Flaggers- Saturday, July 4, flaggers will be directing traffic exiting the River Park Square parking garage on Spokane Falls Blvd. during the Independence Day festivities.

Z Nation Filming Street Closures- The SyFy Network show, Z Nation, will be shooting their second season. During filming on Tuesday, July 7, Riverside Ave. from Jefferson St. to Madison St. will be periodically closed between 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Barricades will be used to open and close the street for filming.


43rd Avenue Closure- 43rd between Garfield and Scott Street will be closed for tree pruning work beginning Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 3 in advance of a project to construct three Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) storage facilities.  

43rd Ave. from Scott Street to Garfield St. will be closed to traffic starting Monday, July 6 for beginning work on the Combined Sewer Overflow program part of our Cleaner River Faster Integrated Approach to Street Repair.


Underhill Combined Overflow Sewer Tank Installation- There will be full closures on 8th Avenue from Ray St. to Freya St., Thor St. from Hartson Ave. to Ray Street/ Ben Burr Blvd., and Ray St. from 14th Ave. to 29th Ave., Friday, July 10, from 6 p.m. through Monday, July 13, at 5 a.m. This project constructed a combined sewer overflow facility under the parking lot at Underhill Park. 

Columbia and H Street Closures- Starting Monday, July 6, Columbia from Downriver Drive to H Street and H Street from Columbia to Northwest Blvd. will be closed for the CSO 6 project to install a 900,000 gallon stormwater storage facility.  


Monroe and Third Lane Closures- Crews will be repairing the sidewalk at 1030 W 3rd from Monday, July 6 to Monday, July 13. The western traffic lane of Monroe St. and northern traffic lane of 3rd will be closed along with the sidewalk.
Barnes Road Closure- Barnes Rd. will be closed from Farmdale St. to Indian Trail Rd. from Monday, July 6 to Thursday, July 16.

·    Monroe Street Bridge Lane Closure- West curb lane will be closed Thursday July 9, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Avista will be inspecting a gas line.

High Drive from Bernard St. to Grand Blvd.- Road is closed from Bernard Street to Grand Boulevard. Storm and sewer work is underway.

Havana Street from Glenrose Road to 37th Avenue- Starting Monday, July 6, Glenrose Road from 57th Avenue to Havana Street will be closed. Work has begun at the intersection of Freya and 44th with traffic and pedestrian improvements. Traffic will be impacted on both streets and will be controlled by flaggers and signs. Improvements include pavement replacement, filling sidewalk gaps and adding asphalt bicycle lanes. This project will also install a water transmission main between 37th Avenue and the Brown Park reservoirs at 57th Avenue.

Workers Find Artifacts Under Seattle Bridge

Workers recently made a big find while building a rainwater storage tank under Seattle's Magnolia Bridge- over 2,500 artifacts dating back as far as the 1700s.
 
KBOI2 News reports that most of the items are believed to be from Finntown, an immigrant community along Smith Cove from 1911 to 1941. The recovered objects include Prohibition-era alcohol bottles, old shoes, eyeglasses, suspenders, a token for the old Seattle Municipal Railway and even children's toys.
 
Several artifacts show the presence of Native Americans, including a chisel likely built from an elk bone. One particularly surprising discovery was a Chinese coin dating back centuries, likely brought to the area by an immigrant.
 
The area was cleared out by the military during World War II and taken over by the Navy. Residents were evicted and the shantytown on the site burned to the ground.
 
Once the items are cleaned and catalogued, they will be put on display for the public at the Burke Museum.
 

Plan For Long Wait On Eastbound Vantage Bridge

A warning if you're headed over the Vantage Bridge on eastbound I90 this weekend; be ready for some
major delays.

Crews are repainting the bridge across the Columbia River and have the eastbound reduced to just one lane. Coupled with increased holiday traffic, this is expected to cause some long waits in hot weather.

You can either plan for an hour or more of added travel time or detour via US 97, I-82 or SR 24. The westbound lanes will not be impacted.

TSA Tweets Pic of Passenger's Large Amount of Cash

We tweet a lot of stuff these days, way more than most of us need to know about. But some people
are saying the TSA went overboard recently when they tweeted a picture of $75,000 in cash a passenger was trying to take aboard a plane.

NBC 12 says other tweeters responded to the picture, asking if it's legal to publicly post pictures of what's in a passenger's personal luggage or if the TSA felt they had maybe put that passenger in danger of theft or other crimes.

The money never made it on the plane; because the "owner" didn't have a bill of sale or another way to prove the cash wasn't the result of some kind of  crime, it was seized by the federal goverment. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Spokane Valley Road Diet Approved

A Spokane Valley north-south corridor will go on a "diet" next year. According to the Spokane Valley Herald, the Spokane Valley City Council last week approved the city's Transportation Improvement Program, which included reducing McDonald north of Sprague from four lanes to two with a center turn lane in 2016. The approval came despite one council member's objections to the planned road diet. Ed Pace says the roadway is two busy as four lanes to be reduced to two.

The roadway will remain four lanes south of Sprague, and bike lanes will be added. Councilman Bill Gothmann countered saying, at 20,000 cars a day on McDonald, capacity shouldn't be a problem. Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard said he generally shares Pace’s disdain for the two-lane roadways – but said he agrees it’s a good idea on McDonald north of Sprague due to the abundance of multi-family housing in the area and pedestrians.

The council received a grant for the work, expected to cost around $574,000.

Transportation Tax Bill Passed By Both House and Senate

The State's new $16 billion transportation tax package (see below) finally passed the Senate this morning at 5:15 a.m., after being expected to be approved yesterday, according to the Spokesman-Review.

While the bill contains money for highways and bridges, mass transit and ferry projects, and was praised by some as a way to create jobs and boost the economy, opponents labelled it the biggest tax increase in state history. Some suggested it should be put on a ballot to give voters the final say.

Voting didn’t begin until after midnight as Republicans tried but failed to add an amendment that would automatically send the tax increases to the ballot for voter approval.

Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane said the package is good for Spokane and would keep the community moving forward. For every $1 Spokane County residents are estimated to pay in taxes, they will get $1.29 in projects.

Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, though said the higher gasoline taxes will prompt some drivers to go to Idaho to buy gas, and could prompt businesses to move out of the state.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Senate Passes Transportation Budget. House Considering It Now

The State Senate yesterday passed and sent on to the House a plan to spend $16.1 billion on transportation projects over the next 16 years. The Spokesman-Review reports that the transportation budget raises gas taxes 11.9 cents per gallon over two years. The tax would go up by 7 cents this Aug. 1 and 4.9 cents on July 1, 2016. It also increases weight fees for trucks and passenger vehicles and levies a $5 fee on all new studded tires sold after July 1, 2016.

During the 16-year span of the budget, it would spend more than $1 billion on Spokane-area projects, including $879 million to complete the North Spokane Corridor.

Also on the project list for our area: $26.5 million over the next four years for the Medical Lake/Geiger interchange project on the West Plains, and about the same amount to expand I-90 between Barker and Harvard roads in Spokane Valley.

The University District Gateway Bridge would get $8.8 million, and improvements to U.S. Highway 195 between Colfax and Spangle total $17.6 million during the next six years. And $47 million would be set aside for renovations of the Palouse River – Coulee City Railroad. The Spokane Central Line, a transit project in the city of Spokane, would receive $15 million.

The House will take up the transportation budget today. If it passes without any amendments, it also will go directly to Inslee. 

U.S. Bicycle Route 10: Not Just a Bike Lane

Spokesman-Review reporter and avid bicyclist Nick Deshais recently completed a 416 mile ride on
the new U.S. Bicycle Route 10 across Washington State from Anacortes to Sandpoint, ID. In a recent article, he talks about the ride, about how people were extremely friendly along the way, and how Route 10 is bringing new awareness to bicycling and bicycling tourism. 

Fourth of July Office Closures

Here's hoping your bad choices are
minimal this 4th of July
The July 4 holiday is on a Saturday this year, which means it will be observed in the government world on Friday, July 3. That means area government offices will be closed that day, including SRTC, Spokane City's City Hall, City of Spokane Valley business offices, Spokane County offices, etc.

Parking meters don't have to be plugged on July 4.

Everything opens up again the morning of Monday, July 6. 

Thursday, June 25, 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
Holiday Travel Alert- 
Most construction work will be suspended at noon on Thursday, July 2nd, through midnight, Sunday, July 5th in anticipation of increased holiday traffic.



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 replace pavement panels.  

SR 290-Trent Ave./Sullivan Road to Idaho State Line- Weekdays from about 6 p.m. until as late as 6 a.m. the following morning, expect a lane reduction on SR 290/Trent Ave. for both westbound and eastbound traffic between Sullivan Road and Wellesley Ave.  Also, beginning on Monday, June 29th expect delays due to piloted traffic on SR 290/Trent from Wellesley east to the State line from 6 p.m. to  6 a.m. On Monday June 29, from about 6 p.m. until as late as 6 a.m. the State Route 290 (Trent Ave.)/Wellesley Ave. interchange will be closed for pavement grinding.  Drivers will need to use alternate routes. Crews are repaving Trent between Sullivan and Stateline.  

SPOKANE VALLEY
Argonne Road at Montgomery- The northbound right lane remains closed at the Argonne and Montgomery intersection through late July. The sidewalk on the east side of Argonne between Knox and Montgomery is closed. A pedestrian detour is in place. In observance of Independence Day, the Contractor will not be working on July 3, but traffic restrictions will remain in effect.
Broadway (between Fancher and Havana) - Reduced to one lane in each direction through June 30.
Sullivan Road (from Sprague Avenue to Mission Avenue)- Reduced to two lanes northbound and two lanes southbound with curb-lane closures through early August for stormwater drainage improvements, sidewalk work and asphalt resurfacing.
Sullivan Road (between Trent Ave to Wellesley)- Reduced to one lane northbound and one lane southbound for curb-lane work through late-June for stormwater drainage improvements, sidewalk work and asphalt resurfacing.

Wellesley Avenue (between St Charles Rd and Sullivan Rd)- Reduced to one lane northbound and one lane southbound for curb-lane work through late-June for stormwater drainage improvements, sidewalk work and asphalt resurfacing.


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. All traffic is shifted onto the northbound bridge with one lane northbound and two lanes southbound between Indiana Avenue and the Sullivan Park traffic signal. Turns from Indiana Avenue onto northbound Sullivan Road are reduced to one lane.


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)

·  University Road from between 22nd and 27th Avenue is expected to reopen at the end of June.

SPOKANE CITY
Hoopfest Street Closures-
The Hoopfest basketball tournament has grown to 42 downtown city blocks. Post Street will be closed north of Spokane Falls Blvd. on Thursday, June 25th at 12 a.m. All other street closures begin Friday, June 26th at 6 p.m. and re-open Sunday, June 28th at 8 p.m. The Hoopfest website allegedly has information on all street closures and where to park (although I wasn't able to locate it on their page).


CSO 6 from Kiernan Avenue to Northwest Boulevard- Due to unusually high temperatures, a noise ordinance variance has been allowed Monday, June 29 at 4 a.m. Northwest Boulevard will be closed from H Street to Garland Street for installation of a 900,000 gallon stormwater storage facility. 

Cook Street Closure- Cook St. is closed between Springfield and Broadway until July 2 for new water and sewer lines.
Hayford Lane Closure-  The eastern southbound lane on Hayford is closed from Thorpe to 49th until June 30 to place fiber and conduit.

Hatch Bridge Closure-  The Hatch Bridge is closed until Friday, June 26 for crews to repair deck panels  and surface asphalt.

High Drive Closure- High Drive is closed from Bernard Street to Grand Boulevard for Storm and sewer work. This project includes pavement reconstruction, storm, sewer, swales, and water main replacement from Bernard Street to Grand Boulevard.

Havana Street Improvements- Work has begun at the intersection of Freya and 44th with traffic and pedestrian improvements. Traffic will be impacted on both streets and will be controlled by flaggers and signs. Improvements include full width pavement replacement, complete sidewalk gaps and pilot project 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.

SPOKANE COUNTY
Christensen Road Bridge- Bridge is closed for demolition and new construction. A marked detour is in place.


Argonne Road Stormwater Retrofit (Upriver Drive to Spokane River)- One lane open in each direction to upgrade storm facilities. Expect delays. 

Wellesley Avenue Sidewalks (Harvard to Arden)- Rebuilding and adding sidewalks. Watch for flaggers.

Palouse Highway (Jamieson to Freya and Windmill to Jamieson)- Pavement removal and replacement. 57th to Freya is closed with a marked detour in place.


Cedar Bridge (500 feet north of Cheney Spangle Road)- Bridge closed to remove and replace it.

Traffic Accident Releases 20 Million Bees

I got stung by a bee under my eye one time and my head swelled up so much that I looked like John Merrick, the Elephant Man, so this story scares the heck out of me.

According to EastIdahoNews.com,  a semi-truck crash near Howe, ID (nope, I don't know where that is either) this morning released approximately 20 million bees being transported to North Dakota to make honey.

Sheriff's reports say a Freightliner carrying 408 beehives swerved off the road, tipped over on its side, righted itself and kept going about 75 more yards before finally stopping. It's not clear what caused the initial swerving.


The beehives were completely destroyed, releasing millions of bees alongside the highway. The truck driver was uninjured but took off running down the highway.

KatieBee Honey owner Brian Wiggins said the bees are a complete loss.

“There is really no saving them when it is this bad,” Wiggins said. “All the bees that escaped will be dead by tomorrow, because they can’t live without their colonies.”

The remaining bees at the crash site were killed with foam by emergency responders who said they would be a hazard to driver, especially motorcyclists, if they weren't killed.

How Much of Your Household Budget Goes to Gas?

I ride the bus to work when I can (some days I have meetings during or after work that I have to haul equipment to that requires me to drive), and made even more of an effort to do so when gas prices were up around $4 a gallon.

Not everyone changes their habits based on gas prices though apparently. Brookings reports that most people just continue with their daily lives- including their driving habits- and cut back in other areas to save money when gas prices increase. That's because many pick up kids, grocery shop, and do everything else by car and don't believe they have another option just because gas is more expensive.

The graph below (click toenlarge) shows the close correlation between the price of gas and how much the average American family spends on it, in comparison to other expenses. As you can see, the two pretty much move together.

The report also says that the amount spent on gas is a fairly small portion of all household expenses, representing only about five percent of total household spending.



Proposed Amendment Would Change Two STA Projects

A proposed amendment to the 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) would increase the cost of Spokane Transit Authority’s (STA’s) proposed West Plains Transit Center and provide funds for projects that benefit seniors and people with disabilities who have transportation disadvantages. The Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) is looking for input from the public on this suggested amendment.

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 is below. Click the picture to view it full size. Details can also be viewed on the SRTC website at www.srtc.org.  

A public comment period for the amendment starts today, June 25, 2015. All comments must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Can Traffic Noise Reduce Your Life Span?

Live near a freeway or busy street? You may want to move. Or prepare to die young. Living close to noisy road traffic over a long period of time could reduce life expectancy, according to new research reported by Newsweek today.

Findings of the study, done by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (huh?) suggest a link between long-term exposure to road traffic noise and deaths, as well as a greater risk of stroke, particularly in the elderly. For the research, millions of London residents were analyzed between 2003 and 2010, and road noise assessed in areas around the capital during the day and night. This data was then compared to deaths and hospital admissions in each area.

What they discovered is that deaths were 4% more common among adults and the elderly in areas with daytime road traffic noise of more than 60 decibels (dB) compared to areas with less than 55dB.

The deaths are likely connected to cardiovascular disease, possibly due to increased blood pressure, sleep problems and stress as a result from high traffic noise levels.

Adults living in areas with the noisiest daytime traffic (more than 60dB) were 5% more likely to be admitted to the hospital for stroke compared to those who lived in quieter areas (less than 55dB). This number increased 9% in the elderly. Night time noise (55-60 dB) from road traffic was also associated with a 5% increased stroke risk, but only in the elderly.

This is the first study is the first in the UK to show a link with deaths and strokes, according to lead author Dr. Jaana Halonen. 

Judge Orders Tax Refunds to City Residents Who Paid Higher Taxes Due to Street Levy

Spokane County has been ordered to issue refunds to about 5,000 Spokane residents who paid higher taxes because of a street levy approved by city voters last fall.

The Spokesman-Review reports that County Assessor Vicki Horton and Treasurer Rob Chase said they’re deciding whether to issue the refunds or appeal the ruling. The levy came with the stipulation that approving it wouldn’t raise taxes for low-income, senior citizen and veteran residents. It passed with 77 percent of the vote. Soon after, the county said an existing senior citizen tax exemption didn’t apply, so Spokane's City Council passed an ordinance to revive the tax exemption in order to keep the campaign promise. The county refused to comply with the city’s law, saying cities don’t have the power to exempt taxes. The city responded by suing Spokane County and earlier this month a judge ruled in the city’s favor.

County officials said they were following direction from the Washington Department of Revenue indicating the exemption did not apply. Horton and Chase tried to add the Department of Revenue to the lawsuit but Judge Harold Clarke III denied the motion.

Spokane county’s chief executive officer, Marshall Farnell, says there may be pressure from other Washington State counties for Spokane County to appeal the decision, as the outcome could have implications on the taxing authority of other governments.

County commissioners moved yesterday not to get involved in the dispute, saying it was up to Chase and Horton and their legal counsel to sort out the court’s directives.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Legislation Targets NYC Subway Gropers

According to this AM New York article, New York lawmakers last week passed legislation that would give police officers the power to charge suspects with misdemeanor forcible touching (also known as groping) on the subway and other public transportation. The bill now goes to the governor, who is expected to sign it.

That's all great and good but this hasn't been illegal all along?

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, of Queens, who sponsored the bill, said "The law must reflect that these crimes on public transportation are particularly egregious because riders are essentially captives of their attackers."

The MTA, which has spearheaded a campaign on the issue of sexual misconduct on public transit, supports the legislation. The law is set to take effect on Nov. 1. 

Screen on Back of Semi Shows Road Ahead

Samsung-safety-truckWe've all been there- stuck behind a slow semi-truck that's belching diesel fumes directly into our face. They're too big to see around to safely pass a lot of the time but if you just wait it out it could be three days before you reach your destination.

According to this article in Mashable, Samsung has come up with a really cool solution to this problem. The Safety Truck is a semi with a camera mounted on the front that shows the road ahead on a screen mounted to the back of the truck. The move is a part of an effort to reduce head-on collisions from passing.

In addition to making passing safer, Samsung says that this would let drivers see any obstacles in the road ahead, preventing the need for sudden emergency braking.

You won't see these trucks on the road anytime soon unfortunately; Samsung says it's still fine tuning the technology involved.

Join Spokane Valley for "Unveil the Trail"

The Appleway Trail before
landscaping, benches, etc.
were added this year.
Mark your calendar and grab your bikes, because the City of Spokane Valley invited you to join celebrating the completion of the latest section of the Appleway Trail! The "Unveil the Trail" event is from 10:00 am-12:00 pm on Thursday, July 9 at the Trail's University Plaza entrance, located on the east side of University where it intersects with Appleway.

In addition to a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees will be able to learn more about the project itself and enjoy a one-mile Fun Walk along the trail with friends and family.

The self-paced Fun Walk will head east from University to Bowdish and return back to the Plaza. Stop along the way and enjoy displays featuring information about local entities such as the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, Waste Management, Spokane Valley Parks & Recreation, Sunshine Disposal & Recycling, Neighborhood Watch, and the City of Spokane Valley, each with free giveaways for the first 100 Fun Walk participants, including a kids' bike helmet fitting and giveaway from S.C.O.P.E.!

The Appleway Trail includes a paved multi-use pathway that extends from University to Pines and will eventually connect to the existing multi-use pathway along Appleway at the eastern city limits. Construction of the next segment, between Pines and Evergreen, is anticipated for design and construction in 2017 and 2018 and is funded by the Federal Transportation Alternatives Program and the Federal Surface Transportation Program.


Please be sure to park in designated Trail parking areas at the STA Pence-Cole Transit Center at 4th and University or in the Spokane Valley Tech parking lot on University just north of the University Plaza entrance to the trail.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Tire Blowouts Happen More Often In Hot Weather


Did you know that tire blowouts are more common during hot weather? So be careful this week with temperatures hitting over 100 degrees.

WSB-TV out of Atlanta says that AAA reports that calls to fix flat or damaged tires are up 15 percent this summer compared to spring, When temperatures are in the 90s, the surface of the roadway can heat up to nearly 150 degrees. Under-inflated tires flex more as a car moves, generating even more heat. The intense heat can cause a blowout.

To prevent this, keep tires maintained and properly inflated and watch how much weight you pack in your vehicle. Additional weight, such as hauling heavy loads in a truck bed, increases the potential for a tire issue.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation say there are an average of 11,000 tire-related crashes annually, killing nearly 200 people.

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

SR 290-Trent Ave./Sullivan Road to Idaho State Line- Monday, June 22, from 6 p.m. until as late as 6 a.m. the following morning, expect lane restrictions between Sullivan Road and Wellesley.  Drivers on Sullivan should be alert for lane restrictions between Trent and Wellesley, Monday through Friday. Crews will be paving Trent Avenue/SR 290 plus paving and utility work on Sullivan Road and Wellesley Avenue.

I-90/Sunset Hill to Argonne- Be alert for street sweeping on eastbound and/or westbound I-90.  On Sunday, June 21, equipment will be in the left lane.  Monday through Wednesday, sweeping work will be in the right lane, shoulders, and on/off ramps.

SPOKANE CITY
Arterial Curb Ramp Project- Work to install ADA-compliant curb ramps at intersection corners ahead of street maintenance grind and overlay projects starts Tuesday June 23 on NW Blvd. near Audubon park.  There will be partial one lane closures at corners of intersections.

Post Street Closures- Post Street will be Closed between Spokane Falls Boulevard and Bridge Avenue for Hoopfest. Post Street will close late Thursday evening and remain closed Friday.

East Sprague Sewer Overflow Basin Construction- This project will construct a combined sewer overflow facility on City property across from the City’s Sewer Maintenance Facility. North and southbound Sprague Way will reopen Monday, June 22 but will be reduced to one lane of traffic each direction for approximately 4 hours Monday morning. The roadway had been closed off while work continues for the installation of the conveyance piping road work associated with the CSO 33-2 project. 

Havana Street Improvements from Glenrose to 37th Avenue- Work starts Monday 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 water transmission main between 37th Avenue and the Brown Park reservoirs at 57th Avenue.

Indian Trail Lane Closures- The northbound lane of Indian Trail between Lowell and Barnes roads will be closed until June 22 to install a construction entrance.

Barnes Road Lane Closure- The southern 50% of Barnes between Farmdale and Indian Trail will be closed until June 22 to install a sewer connection tie in.
Five Mile Road Closure- Five Mile Rd between Stratton and Alberta will have closures on June 18 and 19 for blasting. The closure will start after 9 a.m. and only be in effect periodically throughout the works days while actual blasting is occurring. Flaggers will be on site.

Cook Street ClosureCook Street is closed between Springfield and Broadway until July 2 for new water and sewer lines.

Hatch Bridge Closure- From Tuesday, June 23 through Thursday, June 25, crews will repair deck panels  and surface asphalt on Hatch bridge from 6 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The bridge will remain closed overnight. It will reopen Friday, June 26.
High Drive, Bernard Street to Grand Boulevard- The road is closed from Bernard Street to Grand Boulevard. Storm and sewer work is underway. This project includes pavement reconstruction, storm, sewer, swales, and water main replacement from Bernard Street to Grand Boulevard. 

SPOKANE VALLEY
Argonne Road at Knox- Reduced to two lanes each direction for roadway reconstruction. Left turns prohibited in all directions at the Argonne/Knox intersection.

Argonne Road at Montgomery- The northbound right lane is closed at the Argonne/Montgomery intersection.

Broadway (Fancher to Havana)- One lane each direction.

Sullivan Road (from Sprague Avenue to Mission Avenue)- Reduced to two lanes each direction through early August for stormwater drainage improvements, sidewalk work and asphalt resurfacing.

Sullivan Road (between Trent Avenue to Wellesley Street): Reduced to one lane northbound and one lane southbound for curb-lane work through late-June for stormwater drainage improvements, sidewalk work and asphalt resurfacing.



Wellesley (between St. Charles Road and Sullivan Road): Reduced to one lane each direction for curb-lane work through late-June for stormwater drainage improvements, sidewalk work and asphalt resurfacing.

Sullivan Road Bridge Replacement Project- The southbound Sullivan Road Bridge across the Spokane River is closed until spring 2016 for bridge demolition and replacement work. All traffic is shifted onto the northbound bridge with one lane each direction.


University Road Closure- Closed until the end of June for water main work.

The following locations are closed until September 2015 for water main work-
- 25th Avenue between Bowdish and University
- 22nd Avenue between University and Sunrise
- Sunrise between University and Chinook
- Chinook between Sunrise and Oberlin
- Oberlin between Chinook and 16th Avenue

SPOKANE COUNTY
Christensen Road Bridge- Closed for removal and replacement of bridge. A marked detour is in place.

Argonne Road Stormwater Retrofit- One lane in each direction from Upriver Drive to the Spokane River. Expect congestion.

Wellesley Avenue Sidewalks (Harvard to Arden)- Watch for flaggers and crews rebuild and add sidewalks where they didn't exist before. 


Palouse Highway (Jamieson to Freya and Windmill to Jamieson)- 57th to Freya closed to traffic with a marked detour in place to remove and replace worn pavement.

Cedar Bridge (500 feet north of Cheney Spangle Road)- Work to remove and replace bridge starts Monday, June 22. Detour in place.


Dunn Road (Day Mount Spokane to Day Road)- Road closed for work to stabilize an embankment and replace asphalt. 

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.