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Traffic problems coming and going

There will be another traffic hangup popping up starting Tuesday in Spokane Valley, but a second traffic issue will go away. The eastbound lane of Mission at the Flora roundabout will be closed Tuesday through Friday for sidewalk ramp work. Traffic will be detoured down Boone and Long.

Sprague Avenue has been down to one lane in each direction at Custer Road and that project is expected to wrap up by noon Tuesday. Crews have been doing utility and signal upgrades.

Fire in Industrial Park

A fire is being reported in a business at Euclid and Flora in the Spokane Valley Industrial Park. The initial call reported fire in a sawdust hopper.  

11:12 a.m. update: The business is Spur Industries. According to its web site it is involved in metal “welding, machining or fabrication.” Firefighters report the fire is in a hopper filled with metal shavings.

Road closures ahead

Greenacres residents will notice today that the intersection of Mission and Flora is now closed for the installation of a new roundabout. The closure is part of the project to extend Indiana Avenue east to that intersection. Detours are available along Boone, Arc and Baldwin. The detour route has been changed from earlier plans because recent heavy rains have slowed the repaving of several streets torn up for sewer installation. The detour routes are in residential areas, so people are urged to drive slowly and carefully.

The sidewalk work on Broadway from Moore to Flora is also continuing this week, so expect narrowed lanes and delays during the day through Friday.

Chunk missing from overpass

The driver of an oversized load apparently forgot to double check his math yesterday and wacked the Flora overpass on westbound I-90. He hit it hard enough to rip off a chuck of concrete more than a foot wide and three inches deep, according to a report emailed by the Washington State Patrol. The truck is owned by Conmat Inc. in Hayden Lake, Idaho.

The Washington Department of Transportation immediately sent out a crew to inspect the bridge, said DOT eastern region spokesman Al Gilson. In addition to checking the integrity of the bridge the crew was also looking for loosened debris that might fall on the road or passing cars. “The bridge is structurally sound,” Gilson said. “There was some rebar damage.”

Crews will repair the damage soon, Gilson said. As is standard practice, either the truck driver or the company he works for will have to pay the bill. “We'll send an invoice out to them,” Gilson said.

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