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Monroe Street’s eastbound I-90 on-ramp closing through April 22

Drivers headed east on Interstate 90 from downtown Spokane will have freeway access reduced under a 12-day closure of the eastbound on-ramp at Monroe Street.

The closure starts Monday and will continue through April 22.

The work is part of the second year of reconstruction of Monroe and Lincoln streets through downtown and up the lower South Hill to Eighth Avenue.

Both streets had been in bad condition. The city is taking the opportunity to also improve underground utility lines as part of the work. The ramp closure is needed to install underground pipe connections.

Currently, Monroe from Third to Eighth avenues is closed and torn up for construction. The closure began March 28.

Once the work on Monroe is completed, workers will move to Lincoln and undertake repairs there.

Limited two-way traffic is being allowed on Lincoln up and down the hill.

City officials said it is not possible to run two-way traffic on Monroe during the Lincoln closure.

Work from Third to Eighth avenues should finish by mid-July.

Repairs on the two arterial streets will expand in June with a second phase of work from Main to Second avenues. That job will start at Main and move southward on both Monroe and Lincoln.

That work will cause lane closures on both streets during construction, but they will remain open to traffic.

The work is part of a $4.5 million project that includes new water lines, stormwater improvements, curbs, handicap ramps and street lighting.

Market Street widening begins

North of Spokane city limits, the county is closing Market Street from Parksmith Drive to Farwell Road starting Monday and lasting about 45 days.

The closure will be part of a project to widen Market from a railroad crossing just north of Parksmith to Farwell Road in Mead.

The job calls for two 11-foot-wide travel lanes, a center turn lane and bike lanes. New sidewalks and curbs will be added where needed. A sewer line will be placed into the right of way.

Local access to businesses and homes will be maintained.

In a second phase, the roadway will be opened to traffic during construction but may be slowed by delays. Completion is expected by July 20.

The preferred detour is on the North Spokane Corridor.

East Sprague cleanup planned

The city of Spokane is sponsoring a cleanup in the East Sprague Avenue area April 23.

The work is part of the city’s Cleaning from the Corridor program. Volunteers will paint, clean, pick up trash, do art murals and plant along the corridor from Perry to Lee streets.

To register as a volunteer, go to

Also in Spokane, work starts Monday on signs and striping for a new bike and pedestrian route on Addison and Standard streets from Buckeye Avenue to Holland Road. New driveways and sidewalks are part of the job.

A water main job on Meadowlane Road will result in lane restrictions near the Creek at Qualchan Golf Course starting Monday.

Crane work to result in closure

Equipment work using a crane at The Spokesman-Review building at Monroe Street and Riverside Avenue will result in the closure of Sprague Avenue from Lincoln to Monroe streets Saturday and Sunday.

Student artwork to be unveiled

In Spokane Valley, the public is invited to an unveiling of student artwork that will decorate the Centennial Trail at the Sullivan Road Bridge project during construction.

The event is at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Centennial Trail.

Elsewhere in Spokane Valley, Indiana Parkway from DeSmet Court to Steen Parkway will be closed through June 16 for roadwork.

The 18100 block of East Eighth Avenue will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday for utility work.

Trail construction to restrict lanes

Construction of a bike and pedestrian trail on Idaho state Highway 41 from Seltice Way to Mullan Avenue will result in nighttime lane restrictions this week. The hours will be from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Wm. Winkler of Newman Lake is the contractor on the $518,000 project.

Rail car program may return

Produce growers could have another option for getting their foods to market if there is demand to revitalize a rail-shipping program discontinued four years ago.

The Washington state Department of Transportation is seeking input from railroads and logistics companies to help determine whether there is sufficient demand and expertise to revive a defunct state program that created a pool of refrigerated rail cars.

A request for information went out March 30 seeking proposals from parties interested in restoring the Washington Produce Rail Car program. The deadline for submissions is noon May 2.

For more information, go to

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