‘We’re about halfway through:’ Businesses prepare for next step of construction on North Monroe Street

SPOKANE, Wash. — It’s been a bit more difficult to navigate Monroe Street between Summit Avenue and Boone Avenue in downtown Spokane.

The city is working to repair the pavement in the area, and the project is estimated to last about two more months.

The construction has been going on for the last couple of months, and the city says it should be done by early November.

Local businesses are continuing to feel the impact of this construction.

“We’ve had several days where we’ve had nobody come in because it’s just so hard to access,” Ashley Reese, director of the Center for Children’s Book Arts said. “We’re fairly new so our visibility on Monroe is really essential to you know people knowing where we are.”

Reese runs the Center for Children’s Book Arts on Monroe Street. They’ve only been open there since May, so incoming construction made adjusting to their new home a challenge.

“Especially as a new business when lots of people don’t know that we are there and our signage is right there, [and] that’s how people kind of notice us and so yeah it’s been slow as a result,” Reese said.

The City says local business owners can start feeling some relief in about a month.

“This project is about a two-month project and so we’re about halfway through,” Kristin Davis, Communications Manager and Public Works with the City of Spokane said.

The construction means you may have to find other ways to get around.

“So we do have Mallon and Broadway east of Monroe closed during this project, but all of the west side intersections are available,” Davis said.

The City says it is working with businesses on keeping them updated as to when closures will begin and how long they will last to better prepare people.

Davis encourages everyone to make an extra effort to visit those businesses impacted by the construction.

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