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Valley launching blimp to take Sullivan Bridge planning pictures

Valley launching blimp to take Sullivan Bridge planning pictures

The City of Spokane Valley needs to get a bird's eye view for its latest project. The city is getting ready to the replace the Sullivan Road Bridge southbound across the Spokane River.

In order to get all the right photo angles and aeiral measurements - the city is launching a helium blimp to get a better view of the bridge.

The blimp will carry two to three pounds of camera equipment. It is expected to launch sometime during the early afternoon on Wednesday, Oct. 17. It will be in the air for about two hours.

Senior Project Manager Jim Dingfield of CH2M Hill, which has the contract with the City of Spokane Valley for design of the new bridge, says the 15 foot long by 8 foot diameter blue and white blimp will be tethered to an operator on the ground, who will maneuver it into position and then use radio controls to adjust the camera to get the photos. 

According to the City of Spokane Valley, the photos will then be used to help create visual simulations depicting the finished bridge and its relation to the surrounding environment.

Spokane Valley road construction updates

Several different road construction projects continue across Spokane Valley.

Carnahan hill between 14th and 16th will be closed to through traffic from Tuesday, Oct.9 to Thursday Oct. 11 for utility work. Signs will reroute traffic via 8th or 16th and Bettman.

Construction on Fancher Rd between Sprague and Broadway should finish by the end of the week. Drivers should expect delays.

Sidewalk construction on Pines between 16th and 24th is also underway. That project is expected to take about six weeks to complete.

Finally, the Sprague Avenue swale project will continue through late October. At least two lanes will be open around the clock.

Spokane Valley road construction notices

Spokane Valley road construction notices

Spokane Valley is looking to finish several road construction projects in the coming weeks.

Fancher Road between Sprague and Broadway will be closed for paving from 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 through 6:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Use Havana as an alternate.

Construction will be on Mission Avenue between Union and Pines starting on Tuesday, October 2nd. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction for about one week. Vehicles must be removed from the road or they will be towed.

Construction will begin on Pines Road between 16th and 24th to fill in sidewalks there. Work should begin on Oct. 1st and take about six weeks.

Finally, the Sprague Avenue Swale project will be underway for the next several weeks. Crews are adding swales to Sprague between Park and Thierman to help with storm water drainage. At least two lanes of traffic will remain open around the clock. Brief delays should be expected with this project.

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.