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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.

Saturday’s highlights

University High School sophomores Ashley Lewis and Lindsey Knight sign holiday cards and attach them to toys for children adopted by their Titan advisory period class. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

It's another lovely Monday morning, which means it is time for the Saturday Valley Voice highlights. Reporter Lisa Leinberger spoke to students at University High School who participated in the school's annual Adopt-A-Tot toy drive.

The Spokane Valley Police Department has been accredited by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. They are the only contract law enforcement agency in Washington to take this step. The Spokane Valley City Council voted to lower the speed limit on a stretch of Mission between Flora and Barker in Greenacres. The city is also considering whether to keep the traffic light at Sprague and Progress.

Correspondent Steve Christilaw has a story on second year Freeman boys basketball coach John Graham. He brought a new style of coaching to the school that has apparently been successful.

Saturday’s highlights

West Valley junior Jacque Swanson, left, and senior Linda Juitt have helped open Inspire, a clothing store for lower-income and budget-minded students. As a part of their Family, Career and Community Leaders of America program, they’ve opened the in-school store two days a week. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

School and city news dominated the Saturday Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger weighed in with a story on longtime Central Valley board member Cynthia McMullen, who has retired after 24 years. Lisa also met up with a few high school girls who have set up a store at West Valley High School called Inspire. The store is there to sell designer clothes for prices low enough that all students can afford them.

The Spokane Valley City Council had a lengthy discussion last week on the speed limit on Mission Ave. between Flora and Barker. No decision was made, but they did agree to move forward on a vote this month to consider whether the limit should be changed from 35 miles per hour. The council also heard a report on the Shoreline Management Program, which is currently stalled. A new plan must be approved by 2013.

In more school news, correspondent Steve Christilaw had a story about new West Valley High School wrestling coach Mike Bundy. Last year he was the assistant wrestling coach at Central Valley High School.

Fire reported in nursing home

Multiple Spokane Valley Fire Department crews have responded to a report of a bathroom full of smoke in a nursing home in the area Mission and Union. Police are being asked to close Mission, so avoid that area for a bit.  

Road work on Sullivan Road

There is a bit more work going on near the Sullivan and Indiana intersection this week. The work will be going on between Mission and the Sullivan Road bridge. Sullivan will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting at 7 p.m. today and continuing through Thursday morning. After that there will be intermittent lane closures through Sunday. Some turn lanes may also be closed at times.

Workers will be pouring concrete and striping the road, but rain may slow the work down. Keep watch for flaggers who will be directing traffic through the area.

Office building fire is out

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews on the scene of an office building fire on East Mission across from Valley Hospital are reporting that the fire is out, but there are still a few hot spots left. Crews are still on the scene and Mission is completely shut down east of Pines. The fire started around 7 a.m. and witnesses said there may have been an explosion. Click here for more details.

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.

Mission trailhead closed today for road work

Access to the trailhead where Mission Avenue dead ends at the Centennial Trail in Greenacres will be temporarily shut down today. As part of the Indiana Avenue extension project, crews are grinding down the paved portion of Mission and resurfacing it. Today crews will grade the unpaved portion of Mission and then spread the gravel-sized pieces of asphalt on the surface. It's a nice bit of recycling that will improve the dirt portion of Mission without too much efffort. As anyone who has driven that stretch lately can tell you, it was sorely in need of a good grading at the very least. And as an added bonus, the work is expected to widen the turn around where the street ends at the trail.

Mission blocked between Argonne and Mullan

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews have just been sent to a car accident on Mission between Argonne Road and Mullan Road. It sounds like it will take a while to clear the scene because extrication crews are being requested. Avoid the area if you can.

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