Construction near Spokane schools continues

SPOKANE, Wash.-- Construction continued Wednesday near several Spokane schools.

The City of Spokane plans these projects for summer break so as to limit the impact on students and travel, but with the beginning of sports and classes approaching once again, KREM 2 reached out to get an update on these projects.

This map on the city's website shows all current and planned construction projects. Communications manager for the Department of Public Works, Marlene Feist, said most projects near schools are minor crack repairs and will not prevent travel to and from school.

37th Avenue in front of Ferris High School remained completely blocked off as construction crews repair and replace the road this summer.  The  projected completion date is August 25th.

Reports said the road should be completely open for the start of classes.  However, fall sports will begin August 16th and could be impacted. 

City officials worked with school administrators to plan alternate routes to and from practices.

The officials said students and parents impacted can expect instruction from school administrators.

Regal, Bemiss, and Shaw schools will receive pedestrian improvements that aim to increase safety for younger students as they walk to and from school. 

Officials with the city said the $585,000 project included filling in missing sidewalks, and adding curb bumpouts to reduce the crossing distance for students and provide more space between pedestrians and traffic. 

The city said it is working to have major portions done before school starts, and will continue during less-traveled times of day once school begins.
 

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