It’s been plagued with controversy. Now it’s going to get a later start.
The construction start date for the Sullivan/Sprague Intersection Improvement project has been moved from June to late July. However, it should only take three weeks, according to Carolbelle Branch, spokeswoman for the city of Spokane Valley.
The improvement project involves a full closure of the intersection and is tentatively rescheduled to begin in late July and continue for three weeks through early August, contingent on the contract award date. Last month, the City Council received dozens of letters, e-mails and comments from business owners in the area who expressed their concern over potential lost business.
Much of that comment came after Council Member Dean Grafos contacted 40 property owners to sign a petition that he drafted stating the roadwork would be “very detrimental” to employees, customers and business.
However, Steve Worley, senior engineer, told the council that closing the intersection entirely – but providing detours and access to all businesses during that time – will have less of an impact than a longer construction cycle that would more greatly impact traffic patterns.
“We knew this would impact the driving public,” Worley told the council on May 18. “We’re trying to minimize that as much as possible.”
Final decision on how to proceed with the work was up to city staff, not the City Council.
The Sprague/Sullivan project involves replacement of rutted asphalt pavement and upgrades to sidewalks and the storm drain system. During the three-week closure of the intersection, local access and access to businesses fronting the intersection will remain available. Through-traffic will be rerouted via Broadway, Conklin, Fourth and Adams.
The $1.26 million Sprague/Sullivan Intersection Improvement Project is funded through the federal Surface Transportation Program grant and the city of Spokane Valley.
Also rescheduled is the Broadway (Moore to Flora) Improvement project. The new schedule calls for construction from August through October to coordinate with the Sprague/Sullivan project, Branch said.
The $2.76 million Broadway (Moore to Flora) project is funded through State Transportation Improvement Board funding and the city of Spokane Valley.
Broadway will be widened into three lanes with a center turn lane, and will add sidewalks and bicycle lanes on both sides. A new roundabout will help smooth the traffic flow at Broadway/Flora. Broadway east of Conklin to
Flora will be closed to through traffic, and Conklin will be closed at Broadway from mid-August through October.
While the roundabout is being constructed, the intersection of Broadway/Flora will be closed for about five weeks.
Start dates will be announced when it has been confirmed, and more detailed information on the projects, including maps and detour routes will also be forthcoming.