Construction season ramps up with second phase of Monroe, two new projects

Construction season ramps up with second phase of Monroe, two new projects

Construction season in Spokane is in full swing and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. The city broke ground on two new projects Monday on top of an already slammed schedule.

“It does get a little frustrating when construction is on the path to your destination. Especially if it’s going to work,” said resident Teri Baziotis.

Baziotis owns a restaurant on Division and may notice even more crews on her way to and from work this summer.

The city began a sewer line replacement valued at $1.5 million on High Drive, closing down the stretch of road between 21st Avenue and 29th Avenue. A few miles away, crews were sent to Sharp Avenue from Ruby Street to Hamilton Street to begin work on a stormwater improvement project worth nearly $2 million.

“Our streets need care,” city spokesperson Marlene Feist said. “It’s an ongoing maintenance project to keep the street system as healthy as it can be, so the result is we need some construction every summer.”

Feist said the construction projects will not only result in smoother roads, but also in cleaner water.

“One of the things we’ve really been working on are the pieces that help improve the health of the Spokane River,” Feist said. “Obviously, the river is our greatest environmental asset, or natural asset, that runs right through the city and these projects help keep pollution from going in there.”

Crews also began the second phase of construction on Monroe Street Monday, starting three weeks ahead of schedule on the project valued at $8.7 million.

The projects are expected to wrap up this fall. The city is hoping construction on High Drive and Sharp Avenue will be finished in September, with work on Monroe completed in October.