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Wednesday, April 8, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Getting There: High Drive will close as makeover enters phase two

Work is going to start this week on a $5 million makeover of High Drive from Bernard Street to Grand Boulevard.

The job will result in a closure of High Drive.

It is the second phase of a major city undertaking to change the look of High Drive and improve its safety. As part of the work, the city is installing new stormwater handling capability in the public right of way.

Last year’s work involved the section from Bernard to 29th Avenue.

This year’s work includes reconstruction of the pavement, the addition of sidewalks, storm sewer facilities and water main replacement.

Curbs will be installed where they are missing, and broken curbs will be replaced. Bike lanes are planned on both sides of High Drive with a new sidewalk on the south side.

Funding is coming from the water department, stormwater utility and a voter-approved street bond issue.

In a separate project, the city plans to reconstruct High Drive from Scott Street to Grand at a cost of $259,000. Separate stormwater improvements are also planned.

Also, 37th Avenue is now open between Lincoln Drive and High Drive following installation of drywells as part of the wider stormwater control work in that area.

Projects around city

Emergency water repairs are going to close Crestline Street from Empire to Gordon avenues.

In addition, work continues on the Division Street gateway project at the Interstate 90 interchange.

Painting and other maintenance work on the city’s water reservoir at Ninth Avenue and Pine Street will result in the loss of parking spaces during the project.

Festival car show

A Cruisin the Falls Car Show is planned downtown on Saturday in advance of the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade for this year’s Lilac Festival. The events will result in downtown street closures from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

County projects

In Spokane County, a stormwater project on Argonne Road from Upriver Drive to the Spokane River will result in lane restrictions starting May 18. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

To the south, repaving work is set to start May 26 for the Palouse Highway from Jamieson Road to Freya Avenue.

The Christensen Road Bridge is now closed for a bridge replacement project.

To the north, a sewer project will result in traffic restrictions on Ruby Road at Farwell Road.

Valley road work

In Spokane Valley, Argonne Road at Knox Avenue will be reduced to two lanes in each direction through mid-June for roadway reconstruction. No left turns will be allowed at the intersection during the project.

Bowdish Road from 24th to 26th avenues will be reduced to a single lane on Wednesday and Thursday for stormwater work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sullivan Road is now down to a single bridge as a contractor prepares to demolish the older southbound bridge in a bridge replacement project.

At the border

At the Canadian border, a road resurfacing project is going to limit access to the crossing from Canada into the U.S. at Eastport, Idaho, until October. Delays are possible.

Commercial traffic should consider alternate crossings into the U.S., according to the Customs and Border Protection Office.

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