Friday, November 22, 2013

Local Road Construction Update

Westbound Mission Avenue just west of Thierman - Reduced to one lane Monday, November 25 through Wednesday, November 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility work.

US195 and SR 27 Congestion- On Saturday, November 23, expect congestion on US 195 and SR 27 between Spokane and Pullman, plus SR 26 between Vantage and Colfax, as fans travel to and from the WSU Cougar football game.  Also on Saturday, November 23, expect congestion on Interstate 90 and SR 904 between Spokane and Cheney as fans travel to and from the EWU Eagle football game.  

North Spokane Corridor/Francis Avenue Bridge and Intersection Improvements- Traffic is running in the new winter configuration which has Market Street as single lanes each direction through the Market/Francis intersection on the west half of Market Street.  Francis Avenue is operating as single lanes each direction on the new bridge. No left turns are allowed at the intersection from Market Street to Francis Avenue. In addition, traffic on the east end of the project is running in the winter traffic configuration as well at the Francis/Freya intersection.  At and through that intersection, westbound traffic is in a single westbound lane. There are signs at the intersection to guide drivers over into the designated lane, but drivers need to be alert.

US 195/Cheney-Spokane Road Interchange- Northbound US 195 drivers need to be alert for slow traffic entering the highway left lane from Cheney-Spokane Road.  The dedicated northbound acceleration lane has been removed.  The northbound left turn lane remains closed and signed for no left turns. US 195 northbound drivers must  use Qualchan Road to access Cheney-Spokane Road.  The southbound off ramp to Cheney-Spokane Road is expected to open to traffic on Friday, November 22.  Signage will soon be installed on northbound US 195 drivers to encourage drivers to use the right lane to provide more traffic gaps for vehicles entering at Cheney-Spokane Road.  This temporary configuration will be in place during the winter work suspension to provide for the mainline lanes and intersection access for snow and ice clearing equipment.

Riverpark Square Westbound Lane Closure- Every Holiday season River Park Square closes one westbound lane and provides flagging operation to allow vehicles to leave the parking garage just west of Post Street.  Below find this year’s schedule:

§  Friday, November 22, 2013 (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.) – Santa’s Arrival
§  Friday, November 29, 2013 (2 p.m. – 8 p.m.) – BLACK FRIDAY
§  Saturday, November 30, 2013 (1 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
§  Friday, December 13, 2013 (2 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
§  Saturday, December 14, 2013 (2 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
§  Friday, December 20, 2013 (2 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
§  Saturday, December 21, 2013 (2 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
§  Monday, December 23, 2013 (1 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
§  Tuesday, December 24, 2013 (1 p.m. – 7 p.m.) – Christmas Eve
§  Thursday, December 26, 2013 (2 p.m. – 7 p.m.)

Greene Street Bridge Work- A project to increase the life of the Greene Street Bridge over the Spokane River is under way. Anticipate lane restrictions on the bridge and on Greene Street between South Riverton Avenue and Upriver Drive. The work on the bridge will improve its load rating, allowing larger trucks and loads to use the bridge.  The project includes installing fiber-reinforced polymer to the bridge deck and floor beams. 

Monroe Street Lane Closure- North Monroe Street will have a southbound lane closure at Bridge Avenue November 4 to 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for street work on the Kendall Yards development.

Centennial Trail Closure- Part of the Centennial Trail on the north side of the Spokane River from Division Street east is closed until Nov. 29.  Pedestrians are re-routed north using the sidewalk along the eastside of Division Street and through the Red Lion Hotel Property.  The work will remove and replace deck boards, fascia boards and pedestrian rails.

Liberty Street Construction- Construction to rehabilitate Liberty Street from Oak Street to Ash Place and Ash Place from Liberty to Dalton is underway.  The road is closed.


Farwell Road Opening- Farwell Road from Market to the North Spokane Corridor, will be striped next Tuesday, Nov. 26, then it opens to traffic on Nov. 27.

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