Lincoln Street Converting to Two-Way Traffic Downtown

Temporary traffic revision in place during construction

Julie Happy, 509.625.7773,

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

As work on the Monroe/Lincoln Street Couplet resumes, Lincoln Street will be used for two-way traffic starting Monday, March 28. Lincoln will be converted to north and southbound traffic from 4th to 7th Avenues.

Construction on the couplet this year will focus on 4th to 8th Avenues. Crews begin work on Monroe Street Monday, which will close the roadway to through traffic. Lincoln will be converted to two-way to accommodate the traffic that will be diverted from Monroe downtown. After work on Monroe finishes over the coming months, construction will shift over to Lincoln Street. At that time, Monroe will open up to southbound traffic only (Monroe cannot be converted to two-way) and Lincoln will close. Construction on the couplet is expected to be completed in mid-July.

The first week of construction on any project is usually the most difficult, as drivers adjust to changes. The traffic revision on Lincoln Street is a significant change, so drivers are urged to exercise caution. The City appreciates drivers’ patience as crews work to make important improvements to the area.

This year’s construction on Monroe/Lincoln is a continuation of work along the couplet from the 2015 construction season. The portion of the project that reconstructed the street from 2nd to 4th Avenues is substantially complete.

The $4.52 million project is being funded by the 10-Year Street Bond, Capital Programs, Storm Water Improvements, and Water Department.