Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Valley Adding Bike Lanes To Pines & University Roads

The City of Spokane Valley starts construction on Monday on new bike lanes to be added to both Pines and University Roads. The project, meant to encourage citizens to commute by bicycle and reduce fossil fuel emissions while promoting good health, is expected to take about 4 days to complete.

When the project is completed, the lanes will run on University Road from Sprague to Mission Avenue and on Pines Road from 24th to 32nd avenues. The current configuration of the roads, one northbound lane, one southbound lane, and a two-way left-turn lane with sidewalks on both sides of the street, will be the same after construction.

The City received funding for the $40,000 project from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant of the Department of Energy.

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