Upper Falls Reservoir lowered to accommodate S. Howard St. Bridge work

Fianna Dickson 509.625.6297

Friday, September 9, 2016 at 12:06 p.m.

On behalf of the City, Avista plans to draw the Upper Falls Reservoir down 1.25’ beginning Monday, September 12 to accommodate Riverfront Park’s redevelopment work on the South Howard Street Bridge. The draw down will last about 4 weeks.

Update: The draw down is scheduled to run through December 2.

The City of Spokane Parks and Recreation department made the request to Avista, who consulted with the Washington Department of Ecology and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Both agencies have concurred with the drawdown, and Avista has notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by phone and in writing that they plan to accommodate the City's request.

The bridge, just north of the Rotary Fountain, is fenced off, causing a re-route for pedestrians and bicycles. A pedestrian/bicycle bridge just to the east and pathways provide alternate routes through the park. Signs along the fence direct visitors.

Bridge construction is scheduled to be completed Fall 2017. An engineering study concluded the 1931 bridge was failing; it is being demolished and replaced with a bridge that will provide step-down features allowing visitors to get closer to the river.

The SkyRide and Looff Carrousel remain open in the park. There will be ice skating this year in the park - the Ice Palace in the U.S. Pavilion plans to open for ice skating on Wednesday, October 26.

Redevelopment details are at RiverfrontParkNow.com.Your text to link...