East Sprague Reopens

Kirstin Davis - (509) 625-7773

Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 12:40 p.m.

Update 11/1/21:

Apologies for the confusion. There were construction items that were discovered in the last 48 hours and require attention. East Sprague is now scheduled to open Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Original Release 10/31/21:

The City of Spokane reopened Sprague Avenue from Division to Grant streets this weekend, completing a series of projects that has revitalized Sprague from Division to Stone, one block west of Altamont.

The latest project has included a rebuild of the street, repair and replacement of water and sewer mains, upgraded sidewalks, new lighting and landscaping and updated bus stops.

“We are excited to welcome travelers back through this section of East Sprague, and we thank the businesses for their patience once again,” says Marlene Feist, Director of Public Works. “With this project, we are completing improvements to a nearly 2-mile section of Sprague that runs through the South University District and the Sprague Union District, bringing new opportunity and growth.”

With this project, the City has invested more than $11 million in construction on the East Sprague corridor, including:

  • 2017 reconstruction of Sprague from Helena to Stone.
  • 2019 reconstruction of Sprague from Grant to Scott
  • 2019 grind and overlay of Sprague from Scott to Helena.
  • 2021 reconstruction of Sprague from Division to Grant.

Work in the East Sprague area also has included the construction of the University District Gateway Bridge, the extension of the Ben Burr Trail, and more.

Improving Streets and Sidewalks

Residents and visitors will enjoy a better experience when traveling on East Sprague with smooth streets, attractive landscaping, and pedestrian friendly crossings. These improvements also support local economic development.

Connecting Communities
Getting to the East Sprague area is better with new transit stops, sidewalks and bike lanes. The Sherman Plaza serves as the south landing of the University District Gateway Bridge, a pedestrian and bicycle facility that crosses over the railroad viaduct and connects the north and south parts of the University District. Completed in 2019, the bridge is now a skyline landmark for the City.