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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Getting There: Major roadwork heading into final phases

Major road projects around the Inland Northwest are moving into their final phases of work while some projects reach completion.

On Monday, the state Department of Transportation is holding a ceremony at the new roundabout at Freya Street and Wellesley Avenue in advance of an opening to traffic later in the day.

Government officials, business leaders and neighborhood residents are gathering at 10 a.m. at the roundabout to celebrate the completion.

The new traffic configuration eventually will serve the Wellesley interchange for the North Spokane Corridor freeway.

Halme Construction of Airway Heights was the contractor on the $2.1 million project just north of the Esmeralda Golf Course.

Last week, Spokane County reopened Argonne Road to four through lanes after weeks of traffic restrictions for a major overhaul from Maringo Drive to Wellesley.

In Spokane, paving is planned for sections of the overhaul project on Monroe and Lincoln streets from Main to Second avenues.

The work involves sections of Riverside, Sprague and First avenues as well.

Riverside will be closed Monday through Oct. 20 from Monroe to Lincoln for intersection work.

Additional paving is planned Friday on the $3.1 million project that involves updated utilities under the street.

To the south, work is wrapping up on the project to rebuild Monroe and Lincoln from Fourth to Eighth avenues.

Paving and final striping will occur later this week through Oct. 22, when Lincoln is expected to open to traffic. Monroe is already open going up the South Hill.

Paving was expected on Wall Street from Main Avenue to Spokane Falls Boulevard with landscape and street amenities being installed this week. Opening is set for Friday.

Restriping on Main Avenue from Bernard to Pine streets continues if weather allows. The work involves new angle parking and pedestrian safety features.

Paving on Indiana Avenue from Dakota to Perry streets is expected next week. That project should wind up Oct. 31 with the street reopening to traffic.

Paving is also planned on two other projects: 37th Avenue east of Regal Street and Second Avenue east of Arthur Street.

Spokane County

In Spokane County, Hawthorne Road is open east and west of Division following construction.

Country Homes Boulevard has some traffic restrictions for stormwater work.

Sections of the Centennial Trail in Spokane County may be closed for trail maintenance.

West Plains

Spokane Transit Authority and the state transportation department will host an open house Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. to offer information about a new West Plains Transit Center at the Medical Lake interchange on Interstate 90 and improvements to the interchange.

The session will be at Inland Power and Light Co. offices at 10110 W. Hallett Road.

STA has received grant money for the new transit center. The interchange at Exit 272 needs improvements to better handle traffic volumes, including freight vehicles.

Deer Park

The state transportation department will hold an open house Oct. 20 to show the public proposals for safety improvements on intersections of U.S. Highway 395 in the vicinity of Deer Park.

The meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Spokane Community College gym at 985 S. Elm St. in Colville.

Roundabouts are proposed for Main Street and Crawford streets in Deer Park.

Spokane Valley

In Spokane Valley, Appleway Boulevard from Park to Dishman-Mica roads continues to have lane restrictions through the end of the month.

McDonald Road from Sprague to Mission avenues will be closed until Wednesday.

Pines Road at the Mirabeau Parkway intersection will have lane restrictions on Friday and Saturday.

Lane restrictions remain in place on the Sullivan Road crossing of the Spokane River.