City closes Post Street Bridge to vehicular traffic
SPOKANE, Wash. — The City of Spokane closed the Post Street Bridge to all vehicular traffic on Friday.
The move comes after a new structural analysis determined the bridge could not safely continue to carry those loads. Pedestrian and bicyclists can continue to use the center of the bridge, but the sidewalks will be closed.
The City is moving forward with design work to replace the Post Street Bridge. However, the city said the project is not expected to begin until the spring of 2020. The city had hoped to start construction this year, but rising costs required the city to change its plan.
The 333-foot-long Post Street Bridge was built in 1917 and widened in 1937. The bridge is a reinforced concrete open spandrel deck arch bridge ad carries a critical 54-inch sewer line. The city said the new Post Street Bridge is being designed to maintain the bridge’s historic concrete arches.
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