With all the construction downtown, many drivers have
been forced to map out new ways to reach their destination,
but it's not only drivers. Pedestrians have also felt
the pain of road construction.
"Many times I have to change my route," said Lisa
Ramsey, who walks downtown everyday.
Ramsey says she often finds herself taking streets
she's never had to before. But, she says it's also
provided the opportunity to meet kind people.
"The workers are really awesome and they've been doing
such a great job," she said.
But, at Kloth on Main Ave., the business is hoping
the construction will be over soon. Riverpark Square
recently closed the sidewalk next to their business
and with all the construction already underway, Kloth
says it's hurting for customers.
"We're a locally owned business, so we do rely a lot
on foot traffic - just walking down the sidewalk -
so, it definitely has made an effect," said Kloth
Manager Kelsey Warner.
Warner says she's heard from customers that all the
construction has made accessing the store more difficult.
"Some customers do make comments just about it being
trickier," she said. "Parking is definitely harder
when a lot of the roads are torn up. So, they're having
to resort to the parking lot parking, rather than
a quick in-and-out on the streets."
At several intersections downtown, like at Riverside
and Lincoln, sidewalks don't even exist at the moment,
forcing residents to use the street. But, for some,
they say the key is to keep a positive attitude.
"We just have to be a little more organized and work
together and it's fine," Ramsey said. "I'm getting
a little more exercise than I planned on!"
If you want to find out when a construction project
will be finished, you can visit spokanecity.org for
a list of projects and their expected completion date.