Kirstin Davis

2023 Construction to Improve Streets, Utilities and Recreation Areas

Kirstin Davis, Communications Manager – Public Works, 509.625.7773

Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 1:29 p.m.

2023 Construction to Improve Streets, Utilities and Recreation Areas

Signs of spring in Spokane include soft soil, curbside yard waste pickup resuming and neighborhood parks seeing more activity. Other signs are more literal like “use alternate route” and “road closed.” Every spring brings a new crop of construction projects.

Heavy construction equipment including excavators and graders were moving earth in northwest Spokane while Mayor Nadine Woodward announced the launch of the City’s $80 million 2023 construction season. The TJ Meenach Street, Sewer, Siphon and Stormwater Improvements project is just one of dozens of infrastructure improvements we will make around the City this year.

TJ Meenach Construction

Investment in public infrastructure always provides an economic boost to the community and has really helped as we have navigated the pandemic. This year’s projects will support critical utility needs and assist the traveling public, including motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, and enhance recreational activities.

This work doesn’t happen without providing employment for community members. Typically, every $1 million in public construction investment supports 10 to 20 good-paying jobs – jobs that continue to strengthen the workforce and support families right here in Spokane.

In addition to the completion of the Cochran Basin infrastructure improvements, we have there are nearly 40 projects scheduled this year. Amongst the higher profile projects are:

  • A new water tank at 39th Ave. and Crestline St. near Hamblen Elementary School. This 2 million gallon reservoir will serve current and future residents with drinking water and fire protection in south Spokane.
  • The Maple St. Bridge will receive a deck overlay.
  • Work began in mid-March at the Wellesley and Market intersection as part of the North Spokane freeway project. The final product will be a concrete intersection.
  • Strong Rd. on Five Mile will be improved between Five Mile Rd and Austin Rd.
  • It will be one of our busiest years ever for pavement grind and overlay projects. Many arterials, residential and business districts throughout the City will see work being done to improve conditions.
  • And we’ll see a number of pedestrian focused projects including sidewalk installation and pedestrian crossing signals installed along various arterials including Division St., Market St., Nevada St. and Crestline St.

And we will continue work on projects in progress including:

  • The high-volume Thor-Freya corridor, where we replaced the street between Sprague and Hartson with concrete last year, will see another year of construction as we rebuild the intersections of 2nd and 3rd avenues and Thor and Freya streets on the north and south sides of I-90 with concrete.
  • We expect the replacement of the 104-year-old Post Street Bridge will cross the finish line. The old bridge deck has been removed and the historic arches have been reinforced. The completion of this project will once again serve northbound vehicles, pedestrians and two-wheeled transportation connecting Riverfront Park and the downtown core to the north bank.
  • The new water reservoir at Spokane International Airport will continue to rise, preparing to serve the West Plains beginning in 2025. To connect this new reservoir to the existing system, we will be installing a large-diameter pipe under I-90 later this year.

And our Street Department will be doing a series of grind and overlay projects all summer on arterials throughout the City, improving pavement conditions to help all of us with our daily trips to school, work, and play.

  • A St. – Rowan Ave. to Francis Ave.
  • Lyons Ave. – Division St. to Addison St.
  • Nevada St. - Holland Ave. to Hawthorne Ave.
  • Sunset Highway
  • Rowan – Division St. to Addison St.
  • Garland Ave. – D St. to Alberta St.
  • Perry St. - North Foothills Dr. to Bridgeport Ave.
  • Northwest Blvd. and Assembly – Garland Ave. to Wellesley Ave.
  • Eagle Ridge – Cedar St. to Shelby Ridge
  • Inland Empire Way – Bridge St. to 10th Ave.

Street obstruction information that will impact the traveling public is updated at least weekly and is available on the Notices page, including a comprehensive list and interactive map. Find out what construction projects will impact your day on the City’s Construction Projects page.

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