Construction to create complications for Spokane drivers

Construction to create complications for Spokane drivers

SPOKANE, Wash. - Starting on Monday, 8th Avenue at McClellan will close down for two weeks as crews continue the City of Spokane's Pavement Preservation Project.

"It's really busy," Kristie Horsfield said. "A lot of the cars are coming up here way too fast."

For Horsfield, Cowley Street is where she calls "home." Lately, her usually calm neighborhood has seen an influx of traffic since being designated as the alternate route.

"People come flying down this road," Horsfield said. "They think it's a road rally or something."

The city started the project in June and has closed down roads intermittently. The project area covers Grand Boulevard and McClellan Street from 8th to 14th avenues. Crews are applying preservation treatments to the road as well as upgrading ADA ramps and sidewalks.

"There's going to be signs as you approach the hospital from either the south or the north directing you to alternate routes," Philip Kercher with Sacred Heart Medical Center said.

Kercher said they've been working with the city on this part of the project. He said it's going to be a negative impact to traffic, so they're trying to get the word out before the road closes.

"You'll essentially come in and out of 8th Avenue only," Kercher said. "This will function as if it were a dead end street."

Ken Bazemore also lives near the construction. He said the city has been pretty good with giving notice about the alternate routes, but admits it's still confusing.

"I mean just to go to the 7-Eleven up here you can't go up Grand no more," Bazemore said. "So you got to back up, pull in here and then go around."

However, he thinks it will be worth it after construction completes at the end of summer.

"The ending result is you're going to have better water, better this, better that so I can't argue with that," Bazemore said.

Horsfield agrees. She just asks that in the meantime drivers slow down.

"We have a lot of apartments here, a lot of dog walkers," Horsfield said. "They need to watch out."