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Expect delays at Broadway-Fancher

Spokane Valley motorists should expect delays when contractors begin replacing rutted pavement at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Fancher Road on April 20 city officials warn.

The five-week project will cost about $562,000, with most of the money coming from the federal government, and will be done in two phases.

The first phase will rebuild the west side of the intersection. Broadway traffic will detour onto Fancher, Sharp and Howe.

When the east side of the intersection is rebuilt, westbound Broadway traffic will detour onto Lake, Desmet and Fancher. Eastbound traffic will use Fancher, Alki and Eastern.

Meeting on city center plans

Spokane Valley city officials have scheduled a meeting Wednesday night to hear environmental concerns about a plan to redevelop the University City Shopping Center as a city center district.

Planning Director Greg McCormick said public comments will help determine the scope of an environmental impact statement for the 145-acre site, bounded by Main and Fourth avenues and Bowdish and Walnut roads.

He said issues that may be addressed include environmental health, energy and natural resource use, utilities and transportation.

The city plans to initiate an impact statement as a means of attracting developers who otherwise might have to conduct their own environmental studies. McCormick said city officials also hope to save time and prevent duplicated effort.

Wednesday’s meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Ave.

Written comments, which will be accepted until 5 p.m. April 24, should be e-mailed to McCormick at gmccormick@ spokanevalley.org or mailed to: Greg McCormick, Spokane Valley Planning Division Manager, 11707 E. Sprague Ave., Suite 106, Spokane Valley, WA 99206.

More information is available by clicking on the city’s Web site, www.spokanevalley.org.

Boater safety classes offered

Members of the Spokane County sheriff’s Marine Unit will be teaching boater safety courses at its new training facility located in the University District of Spokane Valley.

In 2009, persons 25 years and younger must have a Washington State Boater Education Card to lawfully operate any boat having a motor 15 horsepower or larger. The requirement includes operation of personal watercraft and Jet Skis.

Each course is eight hours. To register, call (509) 477-7608 or e-mail to plbloomer@ spokanesheriff.org.

Registrants will be provided a confirmation letter and a map to the training location. The training is provided free of charge and is U.S. Coast Guard approved.

Classes are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Classes will be held April 18, May 9 and 13, and June 13 and 20.

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