Melissa Owen, Planning & Development Services
East Sprague Avenue is open for business and Sprague continues to provide access to businesses along the corridor. We hope that adjustments to construction signage and a new electronic reader board will clear-up confusion about the first phase of construction and the Sprague Avenue closure which is limited to a four block stretch between Stone and Napa Streets. Outside of the four-block construction zone Sprague is open, and visitors can reach businesses easily.
“There are great businesses between Sherman and the closed section of Sprague that also need your support this year,” says Ryan Schulte, the City’s field engineer on the project. “Because we have limited the area that’s actually closed to four blocks, it’s pretty easy to navigate down East Sprague.
We would like to thank those that have provided feedback on construction signage. The first phase of the Sprague Avenue rebuild project got under way on April 3rd at 7 a.m. and by the first construction meeting with local stakeholders the next day, the City and project contractor – L & L Cargile – were already making adjustments.
“We want to help the businesses be successful during construction,” says Schulte. “The businesses, property owners, and residents always provide great feedback on how to make traffic and commerce flow more smoothly.”
Karen Sutula – Chair of the East Central Neighborhood Council – was pleased with the response she received from the project team. ”I really felt heard by the team and I thought they took my suggestions seriously. The follow up was also very good and fast.”
Visitors to the area can choose to use Riverside or First Avenue to get around the construction zone, depending on the business they want to reach. Additional business signage directs the visitor to the appropriate side street to reach the business. The larger arterial detour around the project allows people to move away from Sprague to Second and Third avenues. When traveling eastbound, the detour over to Third starts at Sherman, routing people around nearly a mile of Sprague that is unimpeded by construction.
For more information about the project and to view detour and local access maps visit the East Sprague Targeted Investment Pilot page.
Project meetings between stakeholders, the City of Spokane and L & L Cargile are held weekly on Tuesday at the Northeast Community Center (4001 N. Cook Street, Spokane, WA 99207). Open discussion begins at 9 a.m.
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