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Sullivan Bridge taking center stage

The Spokane Valley City Council is looking at potential fixes of the southbound bridge of Sullivan Road. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

Reporter Mike Prager has a story today on structurally deficient bridges, including the span over the Spokane River that carries southbound traffic on Sullivan Road. The bridge has been deteriorating for years and this year the city of Spokane Valley imposed weight restrictions to help prolong the life of the bridge until the city can get enough money to build a new one. The Spokane Valley City Council is scheduled to discuss an option during Tuesday's council meeting that would temporarily reinforce the bridge so the weight restrictions can be lifted.

Saturday’s highlights

A Central Pre-Mix truck heads south on Sullivan Road over the Spokane River on Thursday. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

We had a nice, sunny weekend just in time for Hoopfest and Ironman, but now it's time to get back to work. We can start out our Monday by checking out the Valley Voice stories from Saturday. The City of Spokane Valley has imposed weight restrictions on the Sullivan Road bridge that carries southbound traffic because the bridge is deteriorating. It appears that Central-Pre Mix and Inland Asphalt, both with facilities just north of the bridge, will be the most impacted.

High school football teams from Eastern Washington and North Idaho recently gathered for the Border League Football Camp. Correspondent Steve Christilaw spoke to coaches about how the camp benefits their teams.

The eight acre Greenacres Park at Boone and Long is finally under construction and will be complete this fall, but likely not early enough to be used this year. Next summer, however, families will be able to take advantage of play fields, a play ground, a splash pad and picnic shelter.  

Coming on Saturday

If you can tear yourself away from Hoopfest or the Ironman this weekend, we will have a nice Valley Voice coming out on Saturday. As promised I will have more details about the truck weight restrictions on the Sullivan Road bridge. Some companies aren't worried about the limits but others are scrambling to figure out how to work around the problem.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger will have information on two awards the University High School drama department recently received. Greenacres residents are probably happy to see that construction on the long-awaited Greenacres park has begun. The park isn't expected to be ready for use this year, though.

Weight restrictions on Sullivan bridge

The City of Spokane Valley sent out a press release shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday announcing new weight restrictions on the southbound lanes of the Sullivan Road Bridge. There are actually two bridges there and the one that carries southbound traffic is the oldest and in poor condition. Cracks and other problems have been seen and a new bridge is not likely soon.

Reporter John Craig put together a brief for today's paper and I will be following up with more details in Saturday's Valley Voice. Standard semis are limted to 36 tons and a “pup truck” of two trailers (usually of gravel) separated by a long tow bar is limted to 45.5 tons. Click here for a complete list of the various styles of trucks and their weight limits.

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