Kirstin Davis, Communications Manager, 509.625.7773
Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 1:14 p.m.
The City of Spokane today launched its $70 million construction season, featuring work designed to aid the community with economic recovery following the pandemic and a project on Sprague Avenue that will complete work on that corridor all the way to Division Street.
“This year’s investment in public infrastructure will help our community during this year of recovery and renewal,” says Mayor Nadine Woodward. “Our projects will support critical utility needs and assist the traveling public—including motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians—while putting members of our community to work.”
The $70 million investment in construction includes $40 million in new work and another $30 million in projects continuing from last year that will improve streets, protect the Spokane River, and invest in the City’s critical water and sewer systems.
The most visible new project is the complete reconstruction of East Sprague Avenue from Division east to Grant, which will get under way on April 19. With this project, the City will complete improvements on the Sprague corridor from Stone all the way to Division. The section of Sprague will be closed during construction with crews working in an area with considerable rock and the low BNSF railroad viaduct at Division. Businesses along the stretch will be open, and the City is encouraging citizens to continue to visit them during construction.
Other new projects include:
Those new projects will join the economic recovery plan and other work that is continuing from 2020. Last spring, the City added $10 million in street maintenance work, contracted out to the private sector, to be done during 2020 and 2021 to provide a boost to economic activity. That work includes grind and overlay and chip seal projects distributed throughout the City to benefit many residents and businesses.
The continuing projects also include:
Finally, the City’s Street Department also will work all summer to improve streets with grind overlay work. Here’s their list for 2021:
Street obstructions that will impact the traveling public are updated at least weekly and are available on the City’s web site.