SPOKANE, Wash. — Construction begins today on Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane. The project will include resurfacing work, the addition of bike lanes, and new bus stops.
The project calls for reducing the number of traffic lanes from four to three, in order to make space for new protected bike lanes on both sides of Riverside Avenue from Monroe Street to Division Street. The bike lanes will run behind Spokane Transit Authority bus stops. This ensures separation between bicyclists and buses.
Some sidewalk repairs may also be done, including the addition of ADA ramps where needed.
Starting on Monday, June 13 drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians should be prepared for lane, road, and sidewalk closures in the construction area. The project is being divided into three phases with the entire project expected to take six months.
Phased traffic restrictions and information include:
- Riverside Ave. will be closed at Division St. west to Bernard St.
- Division St. will remain fully open to traffic traveling north.
- Browne St. will maintain two through lanes traveling south.
- Traffic signal work will take place at Browne St. and Riverside Ave.
- Riverside Ave. will be closed at Bernard St. west to Stevens St.
- One lane will remain open on Stevens St. for drivers traveling south.
- One lane will remain open on Washington St. for drivers traveling north.
- Riverside Ave. will be closed at Stevens St. west to Wall St.
- Wall St. and Howard St. will not be closed at the same time.
Phases may vary in length. Street parking between Division Street and Wall Street will be unavailable for the duration of repairs.