Construction to resume on East Trent Bridge this Monday

SPOKANE, Wash. — Construction is set to resume on the East Trent Bridge this Monday, the Washington Department of Transportation said. 

Beginning then, the 110-year-old bridge, which has stood through two world wars the the World’s Expo Fair ‘74, will be demolished, making way for a new bridge in its place. 

Construction initially began in March, but was put on hold because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Along with resumed construction comes the almost 4-year closure of State Route 290 and East Trent Avenue. The new bridge is scheduled to be complete by late 2023. 

In the meantime, semi trucks traveling southbound on Hamilton Street and heading east will be directed south to eastbound I-90, where they can take the Freya St exit and head north to rejoin State Route 290 and Trent. 

Smaller cars, on the other hand, can take Spokane Falls Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Way to reconnect with the road. 

Those walking or biking can take the Iron Bridge located just to the north, WSDOT said. 

“While the end is a ways away, the new bridge once again will carry travelers east and west over the river,” said Ryan Overton with the Washington State Department of Transportation. “It will have lots to offer including three instead of four bridge piers which will reduce the drag and create a better flow of the Spokane River.” 

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