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Getting There: Workers ready to resume West Second upgrades

Mon., May 30, 2011

A crew on Tuesday will resume work started last year along 11 blocks of West Second Avenue in downtown Spokane. The work will take about two weeks and cover Second from Howard Street west to Sunset Boulevard.

The $2.1 million project began last year with replacement of a 12-inch water main and reconstruction of the street. Final paving could not be completed before winter weather set in.

Workers first must raise the top of utilities in the roadway, including drains and manhole covers, to the level the street will be after paving is completed. Traffic on Second will be reduced to one lane during this work. Then the street will be closed entirely for two nights while crews pave.

Work continues on rest of Second

Work also continues on the east end of Second Avenue, from Howard to Arthur streets.

The project, also costing $2.1 million, includes replacing an 8-inch sewer main from Sheridan to Hatch streets and a water main from Howard to Stevens streets.

Traffic signals will be upgraded, too.

Second from Browne to Division streets, closed since May 16, could reopen later this week. Division and Browne streets remain open. Motorists are detoured to Sprague Avenue.

Also, Second from Arthur to Division streets remains reduced to one lane. Intersections with signals are temporarily controlled by stop signs, and all other intersections are closed to traffic.

Crews have begun work on the second phase of the project from Browne to Howard streets, spanning five city blocks.

The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of July.

Mission Avenue project starts Tuesday

Major work starts Tuesday on East Mission Avenue in Spokane, and the arterial will be closed from Hamilton to Napa streets.

The city plans to replace a 30-inch water main between Hamilton and Greene streets, and rehabilitate a 12-block stretch of Mission from Napa to Greene streets.

The project will require traffic detours. Motorists north of the Spokane River will be routed to Indiana Avenue, and those south of the river will be directed to Trent Avenue.

Work on the $3.3 million project is expected to be complete by late September.

Rock blasting returns to Snoqualmie Pass

Crews will continue to chip away at the rock slopes along Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass this week, with more rock blasting planned next week. Drivers should plan for an hour of added travel time, the Washington State Department of Transportation said.

I-90 will be closed in both directions from Hyak (milepost 54) to the Price Creek Sno Park (milepost 61) Tuesday, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

The blasting is part of a $551 million project to widen a five-mile stretch of the highway to six lanes and improve reliability and safety. The multi-year project is funded by the 2005 gas tax and is scheduled to be complete in 2016.

Back to one lane on I-90 at Stateline

The Stateline Port of Entry project will be a point of congestion for some travelers the next few nights.

Westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane Tuesday through Thursday between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. All eastbound lanes will remain open.

In other ongoing work on I-90:

• Geiger to downtown work: A crew is grinding the concrete pavement to remove studded tire ruts, repairing cracked concrete pavement near panel joints and resurfacing the Latah Creek Bridges. Eastbound I-90 is reduced to one lane at the Abbott Road Bridge atop Sunset Hill. Eastbound and westbound I-90 is reduced to two lanes at the Latah Creek Bridges near downtown Spokane. Speed is reduced to 50 mph.

• Sullivan to Barker widening: The widening of I-90 between Sullivan and Barker roads to three lanes in each direction continues to route traffic onto temporary lanes and slow the speed to 50 mph. The $15 million project includes replacing asphalt with a concrete surface. The highway may be reduced to one lane in each direction during evening and overnight hours.

Meeting set on Nevada rehab

Next year Spokane will rehabilitate Nevada Street from Broad to Francis avenues. A public meeting on the project, including the expected business and traffic impacts, will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Garry Middle School cafeteria, 725 E. Joseph Ave.

More spots to watch for delays

• Division from Euclid to Francis: State crews are repaving Division Street between Euclid and Francis avenues. Most work is in the morning and early afternoon. Anticipate lane restrictions and delays.

• Grand Boulevard from 29th to High Drive: Rehab work continues, and Grand is closed from 37th Avenue to High Drive. Detour to Bernard or Perry streets.

• Hatch Road from 57th to 43rd: Full rehabilitation of this section of Hatch includes new curbs, sidewalks, a bike lane and turn lane. Hatch is closed, with detours to Perry Street.

• Havana Street overpass: Construction of overpass over railroad viaduct on Havana north of Broadway Avenue. The bridge will have four lanes. Traffic detoured to Fancher Road.

• Martin Luther King Jr. Way: A new street through the University District and improved traffic flow and safety in the heart of the Riverpoint Campus. The street will extend east from the intersection of Division and Riverside, curving north near the eastern campus border, then connecting to Spokane Falls Boulevard just before the Trent Avenue Bridge.

• Boone Avenue from Ash to Elm streets: Closed Tuesday to Thursday while crews install a water tap.

Coeur d’Alene paving work

In Coeur d’Alene, work is set to begin Thursday on repaving 15th Street from Mullan to Harrison avenues.

The work will be done in the daytime and is scheduled to be completed by July 1.

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