Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Funds to Fix Old Sidewalks

If you've been in Spokane for any amount of time, you know what people are talking about when they refer to the vaulted sidewalks downtown. Many sidewalks in the city core were originally built with space under them to be used as storage or to make deliveries through, One hundred years later, and many of these sidewalk "vaults" are crumbling, making walking a potential danger.

The $40 million needed to fix the sidewalks wasn't easy to come by. Sidewalk maintenance and repair is generally the responsibility of the owner of the adjacent property, but in this case it's not cheap and could pose an extreme financial burden for property owners.

Utilizing parking meter revenues as matching funds, the City recently secured money to start the process of making repairs. Check out the City of Spokane's blog to see where these funds are coming from.

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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.

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