Seniors frustrated with Rockwood construction project

SPOKANE, Wash. - Rockwood boulevard construction

Residents of two South Hill retirement homes are fed up and frustrated with dealing with road construction they say is impacting the safety of the seniors who live there.

The Rockwood construction project is a $2.7 million project, funded by the 10-year-street bond and the city said it's on schedule. The six-month project is rehabilitating Rockwood Boulevard from Cowley and Crestline.

With all the construction, the only way to get to the Rockwood Lane retirement home is to take 10th Avenue but it's not an easy ride. People have to drive up a steep hill which has created a mess from the elderly people living in the neighborhood.

"For me it's very stressful. I've lost sleep over it," resident Nancy Hill said.

"It's been a nightmare," resident Joy McMahon added.

Hill and McMahon have had enough of the road construction.

"We have not been able to walk safely in the neighborhood or to be able to drive our cars where we need to take them," McMahon said.

Since May, the city has worked on rehabilitating Rockwood, but the work has left a mess in front of the Rockwood Lane retirement community.

While McMahon and Hill are in great shape, they worry about the other residents in the area, who need help and sometimes, medical attention at the retirement home.

"The ambulance didn't know about the construction here and came up here and couldn't get through so they went around all the way, it took a half hour and it should have taken a few minutes," Hill explained.

"We recognize that it's going to be a change for people for a short period of time," City spokesperson Brian Coddington said.

Coddington added the city is in direct communication with emergency responders and alerts them of the construction projects.

"They know every week what our work schedule is like and what our construction schedule is like so they can coordinate best routes in and out," he said.

The impacted seniors want a smoother ride which they'll be getting soon. Paving is expected to start Thursday and the city hopes to have the project wrapped up at the end of the month. It couldn't come soon enough for Hill and McMahon who are ready to relax and be retired and not worry about roads.

"The sooner they are done, the better," Hill said.