Monroe Street Bridge to Be Closed During Last Weekend in September

Marlene Feist, 509.625.6505

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 8:36 a.m.

UPDATE: The Monroe Street Bridge closure has been rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 10, 9 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 12.


UPDATE: The planned closure of the Monroe Street Bridge, Spokane Falls Boulevard and adjacent areas has been cancelled for this weekend because of anticipated wet and cold weather.


Original Release:

The Monroe Street Bridge will be closed to traffic from Friday, Sept. 27, at 9 p.m. until Monday, Sept. 30, at 5 a.m. to accommodate paving work on the south end of the bridge as part of the project under construction on Spokane Falls Boulevard next to the Downtown Library.

Other traffic reconfigurations are needed to accommodate that closure:

  • Spokane Falls Boulevard will be closed starting at Howard Street with local access only.
  • Northbound Wall and Howard streets will be closed from Main to Spokane Fall Boulevard.
  • Post Street north of Spokane Falls Boulevard won’t be accessible, although vehicles already parked there before the closure will be able to leave.
  • Westbound Main Avenue into Peaceful Valley west of Monroe Street will only be accessible to Emergency Services Vehicles (with the assistance of flaggers). Access to Peaceful Valley will be provided through a detour along Riverside to W. Clarke Avenue. Business along Main west of Monroe will need to follow the same detour (Riverside to W. Clarke Ave).
  • The River Park Square parking garage will be accessible from the entrance at Lincoln Street and Main Avenue. Customers leaving the garage will exit eastbound onto Spokane Falls Boulevard and turn south on Wall Street.

In preparation for this paving work, Monroe Street from the south end of the bridge to Riverside Avenue will be reduced to one lane starting on Monday, Sept. 23, through Friday, Sept. 27. Backups are expected, and motorists should consider other routes.

The project on Spokane Falls Boulevard is part of the City’s work to improve the health of the Spokane River. In some parts of the City, wastewater and stormwater sewers are linked together, and during periods of heavy rain or rapid snowmelt, these pipes can become overwhelmed and overflow to the river. Tanks like the one bring built here store the excess water until the storm surge subsides and the water can be sent to the Riverside Park Water Reclamation Facility for treatment.

The Spokane Falls Boulevard combined sewer overflow (CSO) tank can hold 2.2 million gallons of combined wastewater. The City of Spokane is investing more than $350 million in projects to deliver a cleaner, healthier Spokane River for generations to come. The Spokane Falls project also includes a significant new public plaza that will provide new and enhanced views of the Spokane River and lower falls. Work on the project will continue later into the fall.

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