SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane drivers will be happy to know some of Spokane's major road construction projects are close to completion after months of road closures and delays. Right now, some traffic is already back to normal.
The city of Spokane said the unusual fall weather came as a blessing and a curse. A blessing because the warmer temperatures in October allowed the street department to squeeze in a few extra maintenance projects. The curse came when we got the cold weather snap, and then it stuck around.
The rain, snow and cold temperatures delayed the asphalt process on North Monroe Street and paused the final phase of work on Riverside Avenue. However, crews were still able to pour concrete at Thor and Freya in cold temperatures.
Despite this recent weather, these three major projects are almost done:
North Monroe Street: The plan is to open all traffic lanes by next Friday. But right now, both southbound lanes are open. Northbound lanes still need some work on a few items. Those lanes will stay reduced to one lane often or intermittently over the next week.
Riverside Avenue: All lanes are open for the winter on Riverside Avenue. They will close again at Stevens and Wall in the spring so crews can finish the final phase of work.
Thor and Freya: All lanes are expected to open in the next two weeks, including the eastbound I-90 exit ramp.
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