SPOKANE - Summer might be over in about a month-and-a-half, but summer construction season is still in full swing with no end in sight. One project set to begin Monday will snarl a major street in downtown Spokane.
It's bumpy ride along 2nd Avenue downtown, but that's not why construction crews will squeeze the thoroughfare down to one westbound lane. The 10 blocks from Howard Street to Sunset Boulevard will get new water mains and catch basins.
Employees at Larry H. Miller Toyota, which butts up against 2nd Avenue, learned about the project last week and are preparing for the changes.
?I'm thinking 'oh no not another nightmare' we already had construction on our service building and now this, it just seems to never end when we're downtown,? Senior Sales Consultant Phil Glamp said.
But the ever-optimistic salesman said they're troopers and will survive ? somehow.
The project is expected to wrap up this fall.
In North Spokane, Nevada Street is getting works. Twenty blocks of Nevada, from North Foothills Drive to Broad Avenue has been shut down for a majority of summer. On July 20th, a portion Nevada was reopened to traffic, but it's still shut down from Empire to Broad.
Construction crews are upgrading the sewers and installing curb ramps approved by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Rubble of what what Nevada street now sits outside of Nevada St. Brew, where business by baristas is described as slow, but steady.
?Our customers have to go the back way now so I don't know, some people, I don't even know if they know we're open,? Shalee Walling said.
At the Conoco gas station at Euclid and Nevada business dipped anywhere from 50 to 75 percent when the construction began. Now that the section of road in front of the Conoco is back open it's slowly regaining patronage.
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