SPOKANE, Wash. – Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can’t get use Monroe Street to get across the Spokane River beginning Monday. The bridge is now closed and will be until mid-June as the city works on a storm water project for the Kendall Yards development.
The closure only affects the bridge itself: drivers can still access Monroe Street on either side of the bridge. But the City of Spokane public works planners anticipate traffic delays surrounding the bridge throughout the closure.
Traffic will be rerouted to the Maple and Washington Street bridges. Pedestrians will be asked to cross the Post Street bridge. Detours will be marked, and they will take drivers around a good portion of the Monroe Street corridor north of the bridge.
That is the block where Coeur Coffeehouse set up shop a year ago. The java joint has a core following that baristas anticipate will still come their way for coffee, but it stands to lose customers who stop in because of Coeur’s curb appeal.
“Thousands of cars go by every day and for a few weeks in June they won’t be going by every day,” Coeur barista Keaton Violet said. “We’ll definitely lose a lot of accidental business form people driving by.”
The project is expected to wrap up in about two weeks – mid-June – a welcomed birthday gift for Coeur Coffeehouse which celebrates one year in business on June 15.