High Drive improvements coming in 2014


by KREM.com


Posted on November 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 6:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane City leaders are asking for the public’s input on the improvements to High Drive.

High Drive will undergo construction next spring as an ‘integrated capital-improvement project’ that includes new paving, sidewalks, bike lanes, water main replacement, storm water pipe, drainage swales and combined sewerage storage.  This is the 4th version of the improvement project.

City leaders said the projects will help safety and make storm water collection more efficient.

The group, Friends of the Bluff, said getting the 4th version of the plan has not been easy.

“What we would like is the city to listen and hear what the constituents are saying and recognize us as a viable part of the planning process,” said Friends of the Bluff board member, Diana Roberts.

 Friends of the Bluff would like to see bike lanes on both sides of the street, a single five foot sidewalk, more access for parking and a natural graduation from the bluff to the street.

About 45 people in the area filled out comment sheets from the city. Many share the same concerns as Friends of the Bluff.

A city spokesperson said she thinks most people will be happy with this new plan.

The project was part of the original 2004 Street Bond program.

The city will host a meeting to unveil the improvements Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School.