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Front Avenue opens

This just in from Public Information Consultant Keith Erickson:

Motorists can now drive uninterrupted between Second and Seventh streets in downtown Coeur d’Alene with the recent opening of Front Avenue adjacent to the $20 million McEuen Park makeover. “Progress continues on this historic project and I’m pleased the street is now open to traffic,” said Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer.

The redesigned Front Avenue includes diagonal parking spots; however, parking along the one-block stretch between Fifth and Sixth streets will not be available until the sidewalk is poured on the north side of the street in early February, said engineer Phil Boyd. The McEuen Park parking structure is also partially open and access from the sub-grade facility to Front Avenue above is expected to improve soon with the opening of stairways leading from the subgrade parking area to Front Avenue.

Meanwhile, officials are anticipating a Memorial Day weekend opening of the lakeside park. Memorial Day is May 26.

Has anyone checked out the newly opened Front Avenue?

Poll: Most Oppose Traffic Change

  • Weekend Poll: Hucks Nation strongly opposes the move by the Coeur d'Alene City Council to shut a block of Front Avenue (from 2nd to 3rd) and make a block of 3rd Street (from Front to Sherman) two-way traffic. 144 of 228 respondents (63.16%) oppose the move in conjunction with the new McEuen Field which will significantly change downtown Coeur d'Alene traffic flow. Only 65 of 228 respondents (28.51%) support the change. 19 (8.33%) were undecided.
  • Today's Question: Based on preliminary information available, do you think the police killing of a Dalton Gardens man was justified?

Council OKs Downtown Street Change

Item: Part of Third St. to be two-way: Cd'A City Council votes 4-3 to approve change/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Downtown Coeur d'Alene driving will be dramatically different next spring. A lot to do with downtown will be different next spring when the $20 million McEuen Park reconstruction project wraps up, but two-way traffic will be incorporated into the finished project. The Coeur d'Alene City Council narrowly agreed 4 to 3 Tuesday to turn the one-way Third Street into a two-way street from Front to Lakeside avenues. The change is designed to ease vehicle congestion as a result of turning Front Avenue into a limited-traffic and pedestrian-friendly zone between Second and Third streets - a decision the City Council agreed to by a 5-1 vote in January.

Question: Do you feel that this significant downtown street change flew under the radar?

McEuen Field Work Continues

McEuen Update provides construction status for Sherman Avenue work and ongoing reconstruction at McEuen Park/Front Avenue today: “Harbor House construction has begun with the pouring of concrete for the foundation. The stem walls will be poured next week. Third Street improvements are well under way and on schedule. Curb, sidewalk and approach work starts today, June 7. Crushed rock will be applied to the road surface beginning Monday in preparation for paving. (McEuen Update photo)

Question: Have you ventured downtown to check out construction work?