Local Information

SR 290/Trent Avenue in the east Spokane Valley paving starts in June

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 14:46

Al Gilson, Communications Manager
WSDOT Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA  99207

Repaving work on an eight mile section of State Route 290 (Trent Avenue) from Sullivan Road to the Idaho state line will get started in mid-June. This section of highway in east Spokane County is a busy commute route from north Idaho into the Spokane metro area.

Project information
Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will grind out the existing asphalt and resurface the highway with new asphalt. In addition, workers will place new centerline rumble strips, permanent pavement markings, guide posts, and paint striping.

In a six-mile, two lane portion from Barker Road to the state line, the contractor will use a “Cold-In-Place-Recycle” process for the first layer of asphalt. The existing pavement is ground off and then mixed with fresh asphalt oil. It’s then placed back onto the roadway. Drivers should note that this process requires a curing period of at least two hours, depending on weather, before traffic can drive on the fresh asphalt. There may be times when the lane is closed but no active work seems to be underway. A second layer of hot mix asphalt is then placed over the recycled material.

This project includes some work on two City of Spokane Valley streets. The contractor will resurface Sullivan Road from Trent to Wellesley Avenues, and Wellesley Avenue from Progress to Sullivan roads. The city street work also includes drainage work, new sidewalks, illumination, and traffic signal improvements.

Lane closure information
The project will begin by June 15 and should take about 12 weeks to complete. To reduce the impacts on commuters, paving from Barker to Starr roads will be done at night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with flaggers and pilot cars directing single-lane, alternating traffic.

When work gets underway, drivers can keep up to date on project progress by visiting the Weekly Construction and Traffic Update website and the WSDOT Traffic Alerts website.

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