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Sullivan Bridge to reopen tomorrow

It sounds like its full speed ahead for tomorrow's planned opening of the west Sullivan Bridge. The bridge, which carries southbound traffic, has been closed for more than a month as crews completed temporary repairs. The bridge is failing and weight restrictions were imposed last year to help slow the deterioration of the bridge while Spokane Valley seeks grant funds to pay to replace the bridge.

All lanes should be open around mid-day Friday and the weight restrictions will be lifted. Enjoy the free flow of traffic!

Sullivan Bridge to reopen soon

The city of Spokane Valley has announced that it plans to have the southbound Sullivan Bridge fully open by Friday (weather permitting). The failing bridge has been closed for several weeks for temporary repairs that should allow the city to remove weight restrictions imposed on southbound traffic last year.

Beginning Tuesday the city will route one lane of northbound traffic on the east bridge and one lane of southbound traffic on the recently repaired bridge. Crews will be pouring concrete traffic islands and replacing barriers. If the bridge opens Friday as scheduled it will be one week sooner than originally anticipated.

Bridge repairs to start Monday

The western half of the Sullivan Road bridge is scheduled for temporary repairs and eventual replacement. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

If you regularly use Sullivan Road to cross the Spokane River, you might want to replan your route or plan for the drive to take a little longer. Temporary repairs to the west Sullivan bridge that carries southbound traffic are scheduled to start on Monday. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction at 6 a.m. Around noon the southbound traffic will be shifted to the east bridge that usually carries northbound traffic. Once that shift occurs, the weight restrictions that have applied to southbound traffic will no longer be required. The work is scheduled to last until the end of February.

Sullivan Bridge repairs coming

If you drive over the Sullivan Bridge, take note. A repair project is expected to begin in early January and last through the end of February, according to a Spokane Valley press release. The goal of the project is to reinforce the failing bridge so weight restrictions can be removed while the city tries to come up with enough enough money to replace the bridge. (On that note, the City found out last week that it failed to get a $10 million federal grant to rebuild the bridge.)

During the repairs, traffic will be shifted onto the east bridge that usually carries northbound traffic (only the west bridge is failing). This means that traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Since both northbound and southbound traffic will be using the good bridge, the weight limits will not apply.

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.

Spokane Valley accident victim dies

The 75-year-old man injured Monday when his Honda scooter hit the side of a car at Broadway and Progress died Monday night, the Spokane Valley Police Department announced yesterday. Charles Spurgeon died of blunt force trauma to his chest, police said. It appears that the other driver involved pulled out in front of Spurgeon, but the case is still under investigation.

In other Spokane Valley news, businesses that run heavy trucks over the Sullivan Road bridge should take note that the weight restrictions on southbound traffic will apply to northbound traffic starting Saturday. Construction just south of the bridge means that both southbound and northbound traffic will have to use the portion of the bridge that is deteriorating. When construction is done in September and traffic goes back to normal the restrictions will no longer apply to northbound traffic.

There are more details on both news items here.

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.  

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