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.