SPOKANE, Wash. – One of Spokane’s major river crossings will be shut off to traffic for two weeks starting Monday, June 3.
The Monroe Street bridge will be closed for a storm water project for the Kendall Yards development. City planners said it will catch storm water that is currently flowing into the Spokane River untreated. Once the project is completed, the storm water will go to a retention tank and a treatment area first.
The project requires significant excavation work at the north end of the Monroe Street bridge. Monroe Street will remain open on either side of the bridge, but commuters will have to use the Maple and Washington Street bridges to get from one side to the other.
Meanwhile, businesses on the north side of the bridge anticipate slowed business during the two-week closure.
Almost all of Golden Rule Brake’s business comes from drivers: cars are either driven or towed into the shop. And mechanic Anthony Brown said they will most certainly see less customers during the closure.
“It’s gonna slow down,” Brown said. “I don’t know how many people actually know that the bridge is gonna be closed, but it’ll pick back up after it opens.”