Monday, June 1, 2015

Southbound US 195 Construction Project Open House

Decades of traffic pounding the pavement has taken its toll on the concrete surface of southbound US 195 in Spokane. You're invited to an open house next month to learn more about a project to rehabilitate an eight-mile section between Interstate 90 and Excelsior Road.

The open house is Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from  5-7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5810 South Meadowlane Road.

Washington State Department of Transportation staff will be on hand to explain this project. It starts July 6 and is expected to go for 16 weeks. The project will improve the southbound lanes of US 195 using several techniques:
·         Over 650 concrete panels will be removed and replaced.
·         About 190 panels will be partially replaced.
·         Contractor crews will also jack up more than 120 panels. That involves pumping grout under the concrete panel to bring it up to the same level as the others.
·         Cracks in other concrete panels will be sealed. 
·         After the repair work, the entire surface of the concrete will be ground smooth.

One lane of southbound US 195 will be open at all times during the work. There may be some minor disruptions to traffic near the on/off ramps and intersections.

This section of southbound US 195 was initially installed in two phases. The first segment was installed in 1955 and the next part was built in 1969.  The concrete surface is now worn with numerous cracked and broken panels, plus wheel path ruts have appeared in many locations.

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