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Six week Sprague construction project starts next week

Six week Sprague construction project starts next week

A new six week construction project on Sprague Ave. is gearing up to start next week.

The City of Spokane Valley is adding swales on both sides of Sprague between Park Road and Thierman Road. They will be addingh city-maintained grasses, shrubs and trees to help filter contaminants from stormwater and prevent them from entering the aquifer. They will also improve existing stormwater drainage.

To make these improvements, they will permanently remove one of the five lanes from Sprague.

They will also repave that stretch of Sprague. That part of the project is currently anticipated for spring of 2013.

Improvements are expected to start on the south side of Sprague in mid-September, and will take about 3 weeks to complete. Crews will then move to the north side of Sprague to work on similar improvements, which are also expected to take about 3 weeks.

At least two lanes of traffic will remain open around the clock. Brief delays and congestion should be expected. Access to businesses will remain available.

Road project delayed - Mission Ave. stuck in queue


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The resurfacing project for Mission Ave. has been delayed while road crews wrap up other preservation projects.

Construction was expected to begin earlier this week to resurface Mission Ave. from Union to Pines Road, but crews are still working on other Spokane Valley streets for this year's preservation project.

City officials hope to begin the second phase of road construction later this month or the beginning of October. They'll release a new schedule when they have a better idea of the timeline.

Otis Orchards man injured while push starting disabled motorcycle

An Otis Orchards man was injured while trying to push start his disabled motorcycle along I-90 this morning.

Around 10:45 a.m., the driver, identified as Thomas E. Gladden, 55, was transported by ambulance to Valley Hospital after he lost control of his 2006 Honda motorcycle near the Sullivan exit.

WSP said in a news release he was crossing the interstate from the right shoulder and struck the left side jersey barrier.

Repairs will close Bigelow Gulch for two days

Drivers in the Spokane Valley will have to use a detour on Bigelow Gulch starting Wednesday. Spokane County Engineering and Roads will close down Bigleow Gulch between Argonne and Forker for two days for pavement repair.

City officials said the project will cost $425,000 and will include work on the asphalt, ditches and shoulders of the road. The project will start Wednesday and finish Friday.

Bigelow Gulch will be open to traffic during the evening, but daytime traffic will be detoured to Morgan Road and Pleasant Prarie Road.

Construction delayed for University Road Project

Commuters can expect a minor delay in the University Road Project between 4th and 16th. City crews were scheduled to resume the resurfacing project on August 6, but they’re giving the road a few days in between sealing cracks and pouring new asphalt to give it a good bond.

Spokane Valley construction crews expect to apply sealant starting August 9 with asphalt work tentatively scheduled for August 13 and 14. Striping is expected to occur on August 15.

When roadway work resumes, traffic will be reduced to one lane and traffic will be directed by flaggers and signs. Alternative routes are recommended during construction due to roadway congestion and delays.

Spokane Valley road construction ramps up


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If you regulary drive on Evergreen in Spokane Valley, you may want to find an alternate route.

Road construction on Evergreen between 24th and 32nd begins Thursday, July 19. It will be closed to through traffic around the clock from 7:00 a.m. on Thursday until late August.

The city is working with Vera Water & Power to install new utilities.

Surface roadwork along Evergreen Road from 16th to 24th has been temporarily delayed. Other traffic impacts include: