City Council discusses Downtown construction concerns

SPOKANE, Wash. --- Business owners are frustrated after losing customers due to downtown construction.

City Council President Ben Stuckart asked for an update on the construction and when it will be finished during a meeting on Monday. 

During the meeting, several people voiced concerns about the downtown construction in Spokane.

While many people are eager for the roads to be finished, Scott Simmons, City of Spokane Public Works Director, does not think people realize how much work goes in to paving the roads.

“I think it's fair to say most people when they think of street work, they think about 'let's get in and pave it and move along,' but the reality is there's a lot of things we're dealing with in the downtown area,” Simmons said.

Crews are dealing with electric faults, underground utilities, natural gas mains and water lines, on top of paving the roads.

City Council President Ben Stuckart, said those factors were all things the city knew it would have to deal with once the project began.

As of right now, it is a race to finish the projects on Monroe and Lincoln before the winter weather hits Spokane.

During the meeting, Stuckart was concerned if the project was not finished by winter, road lanes would be closed throughout the season.

If the weather cooperates, the city hopes to have the construction on Monroe and Lincoln done by November 30. However, if  the weather does not cooperate, they said they do have a contingency plan in place.

(© 2016 KREM)


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