A reconstruction project will close Bruce Road to all traffic between Stoneman Road and Day-Mount Spokane Road beginning Monday. Argonne Road turns into Bruce north of Stoneman.
There are few residences along that stretch of road, which is primarily used by commuters. “There’s a couple of neighbors that have to get in and out and there’s a couple of farmers that have to harvest,” said Spokane County construction engineer Paul Lennemann.
Spokane Rock Products will remove the existing asphalt, pulverize it and mix it with concrete to create a subgrade before new pavement is put down, Lennemann said. “We’re trending more and more towards that,” he said. “It strengthens the subgrade. It’s far more cost effective than the way we used to do it, which was rock and asphalt.”
Traffic will detour west to either Market Street or the North Spokane Corridor via Bigelow Gulch or Day-Mount Spokane roads. Passenger cars can also detour via Stoneman “but it’s a pretty lousy truck route,” Lennemann said.
The project should take from three to four weeks. “It’s a pretty quick turnaround,” he said.
The county had previously planned to replace a bridge over Deadman Creek in the same area this summer, but that project has been postponed to 2014.