Thursday, March 7, 2013

WSDOT Ramping Up Construction Projects

Wow, you can tell it's (pseudo) spring, cause the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is really ramping up it's construction work. Here's what's on tap for next week:

North Spokane Corridor/Francis Avenue Bridge and Intersection Improvements- EXTREMELY HIGH IMPACT!!! Around mid-week, drivers should be alert for changes at the Francis/Market intersection. Left turn movements in all directions will not be allowed for up to two weeks at this location. Southbound drivers on the NSC may want to use the Parksmith off-ramp to access southbound Market Street. Francis is now one lane in each direction at the Market Street Intersection. As a result, drivers should expect congestion and long delays on Francis Avenue and Market Street near the bridge project, especially during morning and afternoon commute hours. Delays are also possible at the Francis and Freya intersection. In addition, westbound motorists on Francis should be alert for flaggers directing traffic near the BNSF railway crossing. The flaggers may be in place during busy travel times to make sure westbound vehicles waiting for the traffic signal don’t block the nearby rail tracks.
I-90/Flora and Greenacres Overpasses- On Wednesday and Thursday, March 13 & 14, from about 9 a.m. until as late as 3 p.m., drivers should be alert for eastbound lane restrictions at the Flora Road overpass for bridge repairs. On Friday, March 15, from about 9 a.m. until as late as 3 p.m., eastbound drivers should be alert for lane restrictions at the Country Vista/Appleway exit overpass.
I-90/Spokane River Bridges- On Wednesday, March 13, from about 9am to as late as 3 pm, drivers should be alert for possible lane restrictions on eastbound and/or westbound I-90 at the Washington/Idaho State line so crews can inspect the new freeway bridges.

US 195/Cheney-Spokane Road Interchange- HIGH IMPACT!! Possibly around mid-week, the southbound off ramp to Cheney-Spokane road will be removed and drivers will need to be alert for southbound highway traffic slowing to make right turns. Drivers should also be alert for lane restrictions on Cheney-Spokane Road at the US 195 intersection with flaggers directing traffic at times. Also, later in the week, depending on weather, the US 195/Inland Empire Way intersection will be closed. Inland Empire Way traffic will be directed to the Thorpe Road intersection. This is a permanent closure to accommodate the new northbound Cheney-Spokane Road on ramp. Special note for bikes: Bicycle riders need to use extreme caution on this section of US 195 and be alert for equipment adjacent to the roadway, turning truck traffic, and other construction-related activities and may wish to seek alternate routes to avoid delays.

Crews in that area are constructing a new full interchange.

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