Monroe Street Bridge reopens a day early

SPOKANE, Wash. - Good news for drivers commuting through downtown Spokane: The Monroe Street Bridge opened up early Friday morning a day ahead of schedule.

The bridge was closed so crews could work on a storm water runoff project for Kendall Yards and drivers had to be re-routed over the Washington or Maple Street bridges.

Businesses were also concerned about the impact the closure would have on them. Fortunately the work went quickly and the bridge opened up a full day ahead of schedule.

"We took this opportunity to really focus on getting things done quicker in spite of some really bizarre happenings. As the job went on there is a 72-inch manhole that hooks the sewer down there and when we lifted it out it broke and you can't run down to Home Depot and get a 72-inch manhole." Director of Business and Development Services Jan Quintrall said.

Crews from Clearwater Construction were able to fix that problem with epoxy.

Now that it's done the city hopes to put the finishing touches on the Centennial Trail by this fall.