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City announces start of construction

SPOKANE, Wash. - The city announced on Monday that it will break ground on $100 million of new construction.

That's nearly $25 million more than they invested last year.

One big project, starting on East Sprague in just one week, is aiming to revitalize the area.

Drivers—be warned.

Construction season is here, and this year, the city is doing a record amount of work.

“Following the wettest winter on record, the progress of the City of Spokane can't stop,” said Mayor David Condon.

On April 3, crews will break ground on a series of construction projects on East Sprague from Helena to Stone.

“We're enhancing the streetscape, adding pedestrian lighting and landscaping, rehabbing the pavement, and adding bumpouts at the intersections,” said Condon.

The half-mile long project should take about six months, and it's one business owners have been waiting for.
“With this new project, we're going to revitalized,” said James Hanley, Co-owner of Tin Roof. “We'll have new streets, new sidewalks, and just a vibrant community.”

City officials say they've learned a great deal from last year's record construction season, so they'll take a different scheduling approach this year.

“The contractor, Land L Cargyle, will close four blocks at a time, complete all the work in that section, and then move on to the next portion,” said Condon.

City engineers say the 2017 construction season will focus on enhancing the city's entrances.

They've already started work on the University Gateway Bridge, and re-started construction on the MLK Way Extension.

Later this spring and summer, crews will work on enhancing the Division Street Corridor from I-90 to Spokane Falls Boulevard.

And of course, continue work on Riverfront Park.

These are just some of the projects on tap for the season, and the city still needs to deal with crumbling roads that our wet winter caused.

“It's impacting our maintenance schedule, certainly,” said Gary Kaesemeyer, Spokane Street Director. “We're evaluating some different streets and we may have to shift some streets for another year.”

The city is still evaluating which streets they'll prioritize. In the meantime, crews will continue filling in potholes while the city makes the final call on which materials and equipment they'll use to make permanent repairs.

Crews still have some work to do on the Lincoln-Monroe corridor project, but that's not happening until after the Fourth of July, depending on the weather.

They still have to finish paving that top layer, which should take about a month.

And the city promises that work will be much less invasive than the construction was last year.