Hanson Industries will soon begin construction of a five-lane arterial linking McDonald and Sullivan roads.
Hanson real estate director Dave Carlsen said the new Indiana Avenue, which is 19 blocks north of Sprague, should be completed by October if weather permits. Carlsen said the worst-case timeline would have completion set for spring 1996.
Hanson is currently conducting preliminary site work, such as relocation of water and power lines. Actual road construction is slated to begin in August.
The road is designed to provide access to Hanson’s proposed Sullivan Park Center and JP Realty’s proposed regional mall.
Mike Taylor of Taylor Engineering, the lead engineering firm involved in the project, said Spokane County requires any developer initiating a major project along Interstate 90 to provide other road access to the site. The idea is to keep I-90 from being flooded with short-distance traffic.
The total cost of the project has not yet been determined, but Carlsen estimates it will total between $2 million and $3 million.
The road project is a tangible sign that the Sullivan Park Center will become a reality. Carlsen said he expects buildings to start going up next spring.
While it appears the Sullivan Park Center will open next year, there still isn’t any word on when Salt Lake City-based JP Realty’s megamall project might break ground.
Carlsen said Hanson and JP Realty are now working on independent construction schedules. No one at JP Realty was available for comment.
Still, Carlsen is optimistic about JP Realty’s mall project. If nothing else, the big transportation access barrier is something mall developers now won’t have to face.
“It certainly takes away the issues of when the infrastructure will be in place,” Carlsen said.