Riverside Avenue from Division to Monroe

The City of Spokane is developing a project to rebuild Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane between Division and Monroe streets. Much of this section of Riverside is included in the route of Spokane Transit Authority's Central City Line (CCL), a planned 6-mile bus rapid transit route.

In February 2018, the City sought some initial feedback from citizens on possible features of the project that can enhance the street's appearance and economic vitality. That feedback was centered around how traffic should be configured along Riverside, specifically looking at parking, lane configurations, and CCL stop locations.

Survey data from citizens and property and business owners along Riverside led to the following recommendations for Riverside.

  • A three-lane street section.
  • No parking in the center.
  • Addition of bike lanes.
  • Curbside transit stops.

A presentation on the survey information collected is attached. This street configuration concept was selected as the most desired overall.

These recommendations are just the beginning of work that needs to be done for this project to move forward. Additional outreach on other project aspects will continue through the first half of 2018. That work will include individual discussions with property and business owners along Riverside who have vaulted sidewalks. The City would like to fill in these vaults to avoid problems in the future, but individual discussions are needed.

Construction on the Riverside project will be done over three construction seasons and could begin as early as 2019.

  • The first phase, which will occur in 2019 or 2020 depending on funding availability, will include the area from Division to Washington streets.
  • The second phase, which will occur in 2020 or 2021, will include the area from Washington to Wall streets.
  • The final phase, which will occur in 2021 or 2022, will include the area from Wall to Monroe streets.


Brandon Blankenagel
Senior Engineer