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Spokane City Council approves $300,000 road paving project with car tab fees

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

FILE - A pedestrian wheels a bike up an unpaved road between the 1900 and 2000 blocks of Falls Avenue on Aug. 10, 2018. The city will spend about $300,000 in fees from car tabs to pave the road here that leads to nine historic homes on the north bank of the Spokane River, which is in the West Central neighborhood. (Libby Kamrowski / The Spokesman-Review)
FILE - A pedestrian wheels a bike up an unpaved road between the 1900 and 2000 blocks of Falls Avenue on Aug. 10, 2018. The city will spend about $300,000 in fees from car tabs to pave the road here that leads to nine historic homes on the north bank of the Spokane River, which is in the West Central neighborhood. (Libby Kamrowski / The Spokesman-Review)

A dirt road leading to one of Spokane’s oldest neighborhoods near Kendall Yards will be paved this fall using fees collected from motorists throughout town.

The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday afternoon to approve the roughly $300,000 project, which will pave a 900-foot span of dirt road leading down from Kendall Yards to the Lower Crossing neighborhood, a small cluster of nine homes. Residents said the street became rutted in the spring and winter, preventing access for trash trucks and snow plows. There were also concerns about fire danger.

Red Diamond Construction, one of the firms working on the Monroe Street lane reduction, was selected to do the work. The money will come from the additional $20 in car tab fees charged by the city. That money had typically been used to repair existing roads, not pave new ones.


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