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Road work will close Broadway/Flora

The Broadway Avenue construction project will start Monday, shutting down the intersection of Broadway and Flora for five weeks.

The project will widen Broadway from Moore to Flora to include two travel lanes, a center turn lane, sidewalks and bike lanes. For the first week of the project the contractor will only be working on Broadway east on Conklin so traffic detoured due to the Sprague and Sullivan intersection project can continue to use Conklin and Broadway as a detour route, said project manager Craig Aldworth.

A roundabout will be installed at the intersection of Broadway and Flora and that phase of the project should be complete by Labor Day, he said. “As soon as school buses start running, they can use that,” he said.

The city has coordinated with a Spokane County sewer project on Flora just north of Interstate 90, which means that the Flora overpass will be completely shut down for that five-week period.

The section of Broadway from Conklin to Flora is expected to be closed through mid-October. Traffic lanes will be reduced on Broadway from Moore to Conklin from mid-August to mid-October. There will be access to businesses in the area during construction.

Traffic heading north or south can use Sullivan or Barker, while Sprague and Valleyway can be used to travel east or west. Nearly 80 percent of the funding for the $2.4 million project is being paid by a grant from the State Transportation Improvement Board.