At long last.
Two years and two months after the city closed Spokane Falls Boulevard between Lincoln Street and Main Avenue, it’s reopening the major downtown road again.
Beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday, traffic will again flow on the road while work related to the giant stormwater tank constructed on the Spokane River gorge face shifts to Lincoln. At that point, Lincoln will be closed to traffic between Main and Spokane Falls Boulevard.
Spokane Falls will have two lanes, in line with its final design. It previously had three.
The city closed the downtown route, which had an average of 7,600 cars a day, in March 2017 as it embarked on a two-year project to build a $20 million, 2.2-million gallon stormwater tank. The project is the largest in the city’s effort to stop nearly all untreated sewage and stormwater from entering the Spokane River.
When complete, the work also will deliver a new pedestrian plaza overlooking the lower Spokane falls and Huntington Park.
The city says the street’s reopening isn’t permanent. It’s only while work is being done below Lincoln Street. Spokane Falls Boulevard is expected to be completely reopened to vehicular traffic this fall. Some portions of Spokane Falls Boulevard are yet to be paved and are covered in gravel for the time being.
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