August 9, 2007 in City

Several Browne’s Addition streets to close

By The Spokesman-Review

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Residents can find out more about neighborhood street construction at weekly meetings at 9 a.m. Mondays, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave.

Finding a prime parking spot in Browne’s Addition is rarely easy, but it will be nearly impossible in coming weeks as the city of Spokane repaves several key streets in the neighborhood west of downtown.

The city plastered houses and apartment buildings with notices warning of the impending work and related street closures and parking restrictions earlier this week and began bringing road closure signs into the neighborhood.

“We like to let people know, ‘Watch out. We’re coming,’ ” said project engineer Steve Sather.

The majority of residents in Browne’s Addition park on the street.

The plan is to rehabilitate Second Avenue from Sunset Boulevard to Coeur d’Alene Street, move on to First Avenue from Maple to Poplar streets and then repave Riverside Avenue from Hemlock Street to the Marne Bridge in September.

The $1 million project is part of the city’s 10-year street bond.

Work starts Tuesday on Second Avenue.

That work may overlap with work on First Avenue, Sather said.

Cannon Street will be closed to parking between Riverside and Third avenues for the duration of the project.

It will take about two weeks for Shamrock Paving to rebuild each street, and residents should expect street closures and parking restrictions lasting several days in various locations as crews move from block to block.

Construction crews will attempt to maintain access to driveways, but during grinding work residents may experience short delays.

On the day of paving, driveways will be inaccessible starting at about 6 a.m. since the fresh pavement needs time to cure.

Sather said advance notice will be given to allow residents to move their vehicles the night before paving so that they can drive them that day.

He warned that vehicles left on streets with no-parking signs will be towed, and he urged neighbors to remind one another to find other parking.

“We really don’t want to tow cars,” he said.

Displaced on-street parkers can utilize the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture’s garage between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m., said museum CEO Bruce Eldredge.

That garage is accessible from Hemlock Street.

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