Drivers using North Monroe and North Lincoln streets to get in and out of downtown Spokane are in for some twisted traffic.
A two-month project aimed at smoothing Monroe’s cracked and cratered surface is to begin Aug. 11.
During at least six weeks of the construction, drivers will be detoured off a section of Monroe, between Bridge and Boone avenues, onto Lincoln.
The Post Street Bridge will be closed to ease congestion at the detour, said Phil Williams, city director of planning and engineering services.
Because so many southbound drivers likely will be detoured onto Lincoln, drivers on Bridge trying to go north on Lincoln could get hung up at the intersection.
“We need to eliminate what would be a dangerous merge point at the north point of the Post Street Bridge,” Williams said.
The bridge will be open to local traffic. Drivers who need to get to Washington Water Power offices or the YMCA parking lot will be allowed to drive past the barrier.
The Monroe Street Bridge will be open during construction.
City Council members approved the $800,000 plan to resurface Monroe last May. The first phase - from Bridge to 400 feet north of Mallon - will be done this summer. The second phase - north of Mallon to Sinto - will be tackled next year.
Federal dollars aimed at the Lincoln Street bridge project will pay to rebuild Monroe. Once the bridge is built, Monroe will serve as a one-way street southbound from Sinto, while Lincoln will be one-way northbound.
Williams said he hoped drivers would avoid taking North Monroe and Lincoln during construction. “I’d like to see them try other routes if it’s convenient for them.”
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