Alberta Street from Northwest Boulevard to Francis Avenue and Cochran Street from Northwest Boulevard to its crossover at Alberta are being closed today as part of a reconstruction of the arterial route, and U.S. Highway 2 at Hayford Road will have a 15-minute construction closure this evening.
The Alberta-Cochran work is expected to take about four months under a 10-year street improvement program approved by voters in 2004.
The reconstruction is being done under a $3.8 million contract with Spokane Rock Products Inc. and involves excavation and curb-to-curb rebuilding of both streets, which have been badly deteriorated in recent years.
Intersections at Northwest Boulevard and Garland, Rowan and Wellesley avenues will remain open to east-west traffic with designated detours for Alberta and Cochran on Northwest Boulevard for northbound traffic and Ash Street for southbound traffic.
Elsewhere, U.S. 2 at Hayford Road on the east side of Airway Heights is being closed to traffic for about 15 minutes this evening as a safety precaution while a contractor detonates explosives for an adjacent commercial development project, state transportation officials said.
The work from 6:45 to about 7 p.m. will close both the eastbound and westbound lanes.