Monday, April 7, 2014

Road Construction Update

Freeway and Highway Sweeping- Be alert for slow moving sweeping operations on most highway routes, especially in the Spokane metro area.  Sweepers and/or water flushing trucks followed by warning vehicles will be moving slowly along highway shoulders. On multi-lane freeways and divided highways, sweeping may be taking place on the inside shoulder along the left lane.

North Spokane Corridor/Francis Avenue Bridge and Intersection Improvements- The right turn lane for southbound traffic on Freya Street is closed to construct the new roadway at the northwest corner.  All traffic movements are allowed, but the right turn onto westbound Francis Avenue needs to be done from the through lane. This configuration will be in place through late April, and will be restored once the asphalt paving is completed at this location. 

Sharp Ave. from Seehorn to Lake Rd. - The eastbound lane will be closed from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 11 for utility work. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work area.

Mirabeau Parkway between Pinecroft and Mansfield - Expect 2- to 3-minute closures of the southbound lane on Mondays through Thursdays from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for utility work beginning Monday, April 7 continuing through Thursday, April 24.  You may wish to use alternative routes.

Francis Ave. from Division to Crestline- 
This project will rehabilitate Francis Avenue from Division to Crestline Streets.  The work is curb to curb and includes installation of ADA curb ramps, where needed.

Regal Street and Palouse Highway Intersection- Regal Street and the Palouse Hwy. Intersection will have traffic disruptions starting Monday, April 7 in preparation for construction of a new traffic signal and street upgrades. The first phase begins Monday, April 14 with minor traffic impacts for the construction of a temporary detour to the west for Regal Street traffic. This work requires sidewalk closures, lane closures, and other minor temporary traffic revisions. This will also include at times, no direct access to the existing parking lot for the Park on the west side of this intersection.

o   Starting Sunday Night, April 13 at 7 p.m., the contractor will start the second phase which will include major traffic impacts at this intersection.  Regal Street traffic will be re-routed to the new temporary roadway alignment to the west.   This temporary roadway will allow for northbound and southbound thru movement at Palouse Hwy and access to the existing parking lot on the west side to southbound traffic only.  This new alignment will include curves with an advisory speed of 20 MPH in the construction zone.  Traffic using the new temporary roadway will have no direct access to Palouse Hwy. 

o   The Palouse Hwy will be closed to all traffic just east of Regal Street and will have no direct access to Regal Street. The traffic control will maintain local driveway access to all businesses that use Palouse Hwy between Regal Street and Freya Street. All Palouse thru traffic will be re-routed using established marked detours starting at the intersection of Palouse Hwy and Freya Street.

Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP) Sewer Rehab Project- Installation of a pipe liner to rehabilitate sanitary sewer pipes at various locations around town is underway at the following locations:

o   Work on Helena from Rowan south to Crown Avenue, near Whitman Elementary started Friday, April 4 and includes the closure of the intersection at Rowan and Helena.  Work continues through April 11.

o   Work in the residential area on one block of Crestline Street north of Upriver Drive to North Crescent began April 3 with the street closed April 4 to accommodate the scheduled work.

o   Work at the intersection of Illinois and Crestline will impact traffic beginning through Sunday, April 6.  

Francis and Freya Intersection Work- A signal removal and replacement will occur at the Francis/Freya intersection with construction continuing for approximately one month.  Flagging at the intersection will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  The dedicated right turn lane will be closed for southbound traffic on Freya Street in order to construct the new roadway at the northwest corner.  All traffic movements will still be allowed.   The right turn onto westbound Francis Avenue will be routed from the through lane. This configuration remains in place approximately one month or until paving is complete. 

Chandler Watermain Work- Construction of a new 42 inch diameter water main begins on Chandler from 8th to 7th Avenue, on 8th from Chandler to Cowley, and on Cowley from 7th to 8th Avenue.  Cowley is closed until April 11.  Weather conditions may cause delays.

Monroe from Broadway to Mallon- The northbound outside lane on Monroe Street from Broadway Avenue to Mallon Avenue will be closed April 7 through April 9.  

Boone Street from Ash to Cedar- The eastbound outside lane on West Boone Street from North Ash to North Cedar will be closed  for Avista utility Pole work. 

31st Avenue between Division and Tekoa- Closed  through Wednesday, April 9th for a private sewer line replacement.

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