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Pines repaving starts Monday

Sat., June 15, 2013, midnight

Road construction starts Monday on Highway 27 – which follows Pines Road north of 16th Avenue.

Most of the work will be done at night to avoid clogging daytime traffic on one of the Valley’s main north-south arterials.

The Washington state Department of Transportation will grind and replace the pavement on Highway 27 from 32nd Avenue to Montgomery Drive. There will be crack sealing and patch work between Montgomery and Trent Avenue.

All the grinding and paving work will be done between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Traffic will be down to one lane in each direction during construction hours.

There’s simply too much traffic on that road to do lane closures during the day, said WSDOT spokesman Al Gilson. “There are possibilities that you could be driving on grooved pavement and bumps, but it will be open,” he said.

The pavement on the bridges over Interstate 90 will also be replaced. Improvements will be made to sidewalk ramps at some intersections, but that work isn’t expected to impact traffic. “That will be done during the day,” he said. “Pedestrians should be alert for sidewalk restrictions near intersections.”

The project is expected to be complete in late August. “It’s a big job,” Gilson said.

The work on Highway 27 is only one of several road construction projects in Spokane Valley this summer. The city just finished a project to repave Sullivan Road from the Spokane River to Trent Avenue. There will be additional projects along the Sullivan Road corridor later this summer and repaving projects also are planned for Argonne Road and Sprague Avenue.

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