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 could 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 follow-up outreach was conducted in the summer of 2018 to refine the project concept. Again, surveys were distributed to the general public and to property and business owners along Riverside Avenue. The survey outcomes are included in this presentation.
The next step for Riverside includes a few key decisions.
First, the east-bound transit stops are proposed to be combined into pull-out stops. Spokane Transit Authority is coordinating with adjacent property owners to identify the best locations for those stops. City staff will continue to work with STA as they finalize their process. Second, angled parking has been a topic of interest for adjacent property owners, business owners and the general public. City staff will analyze the ability to add angled parking to maximize parking while still maintaining needed capacity for left-turn lanes.
Last, selecting the type of bicycle facility (whether bike lanes or cycle tracks) will require further study and closer examination. City staff will continue to consult with bike infrastructure experts regarding the best fit for the bike network, this street, and the feedback received to date.
As the survey results indicate, both the general public and adjacent property/business owners were in favor of placing painted bumpouts in the focus area between Wall and Washington streets
Along with these final decisions, the City also is holding 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.