Kardong Bridge to be renovated later this month

Kardong Bridge to undergo renovation in May
Photo Courtesy of City of Parks & Recreation

SPOKANE, Wash. — Renovation of the Don Kardong Pedestrian Bridge is set to begin later this month. 

The City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department says the bridge, located on the Centennial Trail near Gonzaga University, is in critical need of repairs or even risks closure. Some of the repairs that will take place include replacing the decking from wood to concrete, replacing the overlooks with accessible ADA platforms, installing a new lighting system and more.

The bridge is expected to cost around $3.2 million, consisting of funding from multiple entities, including:

  • $50,000 from the Lilac Bloomsday Association
  • $50,000 from Gonzaga University, along with plus $72,000 in no-cost temporary land easement for construction staging
  • $70,000 from the University District Public Development Authority
  • $75,000 from the Friends of Centennial Trail
  • $726,000 grant from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
  • $2,200,000 of American Rescue Plan funds, which was allocated by the City Council

Detoured routes will be created as a response to the renovation taking place. Those walking away from downtown Spokane on the south side of the river will continue along the path past the entrance of the bridge to Spokane Falls Boulevard. They will then make a turn north onto Cincinnati Street and reconnect at the GU parking lot.

Those heading downtown from GU will be rerouted within the GU parking lot to a new temporary path connecting to the path near Luger Field, GU’s soccer stadium. 

Access to the river will be closed at that location during the construction period.

Garco Construction will begin creating the detour route and installing signs for those traveling in the area on May 23. The transition to the temporary Centennial route will begin around four days later on May 27, with construction ending in April 2023.