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Division, Ruby set for work

Add Division and Ruby to your list of streets to avoid.

Starting next week, the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin resurfacing the couplet just north of downtown Spokane, tearing up and repaving both streets from the Spokane River to Euclid.

At least the work will miss the bulk of the morning and evening commute. It’s scheduled to take place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. At those times at least one lane will be open on Ruby and Division.

But daytime drivers won’t get off scot free. They’ll be driving on rough sections of pavement in places and may encounter some road work from time to time.

Businesses along the construction route will remain open throughout the $1.2 million project.

And it’s not all bad for drivers.

Think of it this way: If you take Washington to and from downtown you can enjoy the pretty views of Riverfront Park. And since the work isn’t scheduled to be finished until October, you can gaze at the fall colors as you wait in traffic.

The end is near

Final paving takes place this week on Third Avenue.

Overnight tonight and Tuesday, Third will be shut down between Maple and Washington from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Then on Wednesday the work moves to Third Avenue between Washington and Division.

Keep this in mind on Interstate 90, too, because the on- and off-ramps may be affected at times, as might Maple and Ash.

It’s what you keep that matters

It’s a lot of money: $29.6 million in federal highway funds.

But even with that take, Eastern Washington still received less than 1 percent of highway money Congress allocated last week to Washington state.

Seattle’s Alaska Way Viaduct project alone got $220 million.

But that may not last. If voters this fall overturn the state’s legislatively passed 9.5-cent gas tax increase, that would mean the much-needed Seattle project would lose its Washington money, and with it the federal funding.

Meanwhile the Spokane projects funded by Congress already have enough local matching funds to retain the federal dollars even if the state gas tax goes down.

Fair warning

Spokane Police will be patrolling Frederick Street this week between Market and Havana.

The traffic emphasis officers will be looking for speeders and red-light runners.

Keep your cool.

Slow going

The Washington state Department of Transportation is resurfacing Division Street and the Newport Highway from just north of Francis to Center Road. Most work will take place between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Crews are working on Ash and Maple streets north of Francis Avenue, although at least one lane will remain open on each. Ash is still closed between Francis and Wellesley Avenue.

Washington is restricted to two lanes from Eighth to Third.

Greene Street is reduced to one lane in each direction between Mission Avenue and the Spokane River bridge.

Lincoln Street repairs are under way between 21st and 29th avenues.

Regal Street is under construction from 38th Avenue south to the Palouse Highway.

“A” Street is closed between Wellesley and Hoffman.

Montgomery Avenue is being repaved between University and Pines. This week crews will be doing utility work on Thursday and Friday, when the road will be closed between Wilbur and Pines. Next Monday pavement removal begins.

The Palouse Highway is closed from Valley Chapel Road to Dunn Road. A detour is in place.

Government Way is under construction from Greenwood Road to Aubrey White Parkway, along with Lewis Road from Geiger Boulevard to Windsor Drive and Windsor Drive from Lewis Road to the Sunset Highway. Expect delays.

Spokane County will be making chip seal repairs this week at the following locations: Today, Prairie View Road from Spring Valley Road to Old Highway 195; Tuesday, Davis road from Drake to Old Highway 195, Madison from Elder to Palouse Highway, Seal from Atlanta to Valleyford, Valleyford from Palouse Highway to Madison; Wednesday, Meadows Road from its west end to Jackson, Progress from its north end to Meadows, Jackson from Belmont Road to Highway 27; Thursday, Strong Avenue from the west end to Malvern, Malvern from its north end to Morris.

The state will be conducting chip seal work this week on Highway 195 near Rosalia.

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