SPOKANE, Wash.--The Greene Street Bridge reopened on Friday for truck drivers.
Improvements to the bridge have reopened the trucking route to all legal loads.
Fuel carriers and other freight haulers began rolling across the bridge Friday morning. Previous load restrictions diverted larger trucks down Mission Avenue through the Logan neighborhood to Division Street and through Downtown.
“Improving the Greene Street Bridge was a pressing need, and it was important that we took the time to do this project right,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon.
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It took three months of improvements to remove the load restrictions on the bridge. The $1.7 million total project cost included unexpected expenses for structural epoxy injections as part of applying carbon fiber reinforcing material.
Original estimates for the cost of that work came back at approximately $988,000. Close work with contractor partner, Leewens, reduced that cost to $520,000.
A full bridge replacement would have cost almost $12 million and taken years, according to the City.
The North Spokane Corridor project will include a new bridge across the Spokane River, but that is still sometime in the future.
Money from the Spokane Regional Transportation Council and the Arterial Street Fund paid for the Greene Street Bridge improvements.