Statewide Construction and Travel Updates
WSDOT/Eastern Region Construction Activity & Possible Delays for May 16-27, 2013
SR 291-West Francis Avenue near Monroe Street/Avista Gas Utility work (MP 1)
Traffic Impacts: NEW!! EXTREMELY HIGH IMPACT!!! Beginning on Monday, May 20th, Francis Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Wall Street and Cedar Street. This restriction is in place 24/7 for about 4 weeks. In addition, the traffic signal at Francis & Monroe will be adjusted by the City of Spokane to accommodate left turns with the reduced lanes. Drivers should expect slow or stopped traffic, heavy congestion, and delays.
Project Description: Natural gas line work. This is an Avista Utilities project.
US 2-Division Street, Ruby, & Browne Street/I-90 to Euclid (MP 287-289)
Traffic Impacts: Today only, Thursday, May 16, until as late as 6 p.m., Browne Street will be reduced to two through lanes between 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave. for paving. Otherwise, in general, beginning at about 7 p.m. in the evening until about 5 a.m. the following morning, on weekdays, and continuing for about a week, Division, Ruby, and/or Browne Streets may be reduced to two through lanes (or possibly one, if needed) at various times and locations. Drivers may experience slow traffic and congestion near work areas.
Project Description: Asphalt pavement patching and repair.
North Spokane Corridor/Francis Avenue Bridge and Intersection Improvements
Traffic Impacts: HIGH IMPACT!!! In general, Left turn movements on Market to Francis are not allowed. The City of Spokane has closed Francis between Market and Crestline for resurfacing and other work. Access for businesses on Francis to the west of Market is available from Market via Decatur and Haven. Access is also available for all businesses on Market. The left turn from westbound Francis to southbound Market is available. At times, Market Street may be reduced to single lane alternating traffic, directed by flaggers, intermittently for some work items. As a result of the multiple projects, drivers should expect congestion and long delays near the Francis Avenue and Market Street intersection, especially during the morning and afternoon commute hours. Delays are also possible at the Francis and Freya intersection. In addition, westbound motorists on Francis should be alert for flaggers directing traffic near the BNSF railway crossing. The flaggers may be in place to make sure westbound vehicles waiting for the traffic signal don’t block the nearby rail tracks. Drivers should be alert for trucks entering the roadway and occasional train traffic that may cause delays. The south shoulder is designated for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Project Description: Remove and replace existing Francis Avenue Bridge over the BNSF Railway with longer structure to accommodate new freeway.
Project Website: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US395/NorthSpokaneCorridor/NSC_FrancisAveImprovements
North Spokane Corridor/Parksmith Interchange
Traffic Impacts: Possible intermittent lane restrictions on Parksmith Road or the on/off ramps for minor items. No mainline NSC freeway impacts.
Project Description: New interchange
I-90/Thor Street Overcrossing Bridge (MP 283)
Traffic Impacts: HIGH IMPACT!! On Wednesday and Thursday, May 22-23, beginning around 8 a.m. to as late as 3 p.m., drivers should expect lane restriction on the Thor Street bridge over I-90 with delays and congestion. No mainline freeway impacts.
Project Description: Bridge joint repairs.
I-90/Harvard Road/Liberty Lake Interchange Bridge (MP 296)
Traffic Impacts: HIGH IMPACT!! Today, Thursday, May 16, plus Monday and Tuesday, May 20-21, beginning around 8 a.m. to as late as 3 p.m., drivers should expect single-lane alternating traffic on the Harvard Road bridge over I-90 with delays and congestion. No mainline freeway impacts.
Project Description: Bridge joint repairs.
I-90/Latah Creek to Division-Illumination Rebuild (MP 279-281)
I-90/Division Street to Liberty Park (MP 281-281)
Traffic Impacts: Drivers should be alert for evening and overnight inside lane restrictions between the Sherman Street and Arthur Street overpasses. Also, possible intermittent lane restrictions on city streets in the vicinity of I-90 and/or intermittent shoulder restrictions on Interstate 90 and the Hamilton Interchange ramps.
Project description: Replace conduit, poles, wiring, and light fixtures on I-90 in downtown Spokane.
I-90/Stateline Interchange-Utility Work (MP 299)
Traffic Impacts: Spokane Bridge Road (under the freeway) will be limited to single-lane, alternating traffic, directed by flaggers during working hours. No mainline freeway impacts.
Project Description: Gas line work by Avista Utilities.
US 195/Cheney-Spokane Road Interchange (MP 94)
Traffic Impacts: HIGH IMPACT!! Drivers should be alert for trucks crossing the highway during evening and overnight hours. In general, northbound US 195 is reduced to one through lane in the vicinity of Cheney-Spokane Road. Northbound drivers should be alert for possible congestion and slowing traffic. The southbound off ramp to Cheney-Spokane Road is now closed so drivers will need to be alert for southbound highway traffic slowing to make right turns into Cheney-Spokane Road. This is a long-term construction configuration. The US 195/Inland Empire Way intersection is now closed. Inland Empire Way traffic is directed to the Thorpe Road intersection. This is a permanent closure to accommodate the new northbound Cheney-Spokane Road northbound on ramp. Special note for bikes: Bicycle riders need to use extreme caution on this section of US 195 and be alert for equipment adjacent to the roadway, turning truck traffic, and other construction-related activities and may wish to seek alternate routes to avoid delays. Area residents need to be aware of night work on this project. Residents can call 324-6250 for noise-related information.
Project Description: Construct new full interchange.
Project Website: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US195/CheneySpokaneIC/
US 2 @ Spotted Road (MP 281)
I-90 @ Geiger Blvd. (MP 275), Division (MP 281), Custer (MP 284, and University (MP 288)/Variable Message Signs
Traffic Impacts: Intermittent shoulder restrictions
Project Description: Replace 5 existing electronic signs and construct sign bridge across freeway near University Rd.
Project Website: Coming soon.
SR 23/BNSF Crossing in Harrington (MP 66)
Traffic Impacts: NEW!! On Wednesday, May 8, beginning at about 8 a.m., until around 3 p.m. on Friday, May 10, SR 23/Sherlock Street will be closed with traffic routed on a signed detour.
Project description: Crossing roadway and signal system repair by BNSF.
Ferry/Lincoln CountiesSR 21/Keller Ferry (MP 106)
General Status: The ferry operates from 6am until midnight, seven days per week. For route status, dial 5-1-1 (in Washington State) or 206-464-6400 and follow the prompts for ferry information. Keller Ferry information is option 6 (or say “Keller Ferry”) when you reach the main Washington State Ferries menu. A replacement vessel for the route is under construction.
Replacement Vessel Website: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR21/KellerFerry/
Pend Oreille County
US 2/SR 211 to Newport-Utility Work (MP 315-332)
Traffic Impacts: Intermittent shoulder restrictions.
Project Description: Pend oreille PUD utility line installation.
SR 261/Washtucna to Ritzville (MP 35-62)
Traffic Impacts: Intermittent single lane traffic directed by flaggers and/or pilot cars with some delays at various locations.
Project Description: Signage and/or guardrail work at multiple locations.
Project website: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/EasternRegion/2012Safety/
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Washington road condition reports including Mountain Pass conditions are also available by calling Travel Information at 5-1-1.
The City of Spokane has current street construction listed on their website.
- Expect delays and congestion in and near construction zones and alternate routes. Please be patient. Leave early for work or other appointments.
- Obey all traffic signs, flagging personnel
- Watch for traffic slowdowns and brake lights farther ahead, especially on high-speed highways such as I-90. Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front. Rear end collisions are the most common type of accidents in work zones.
- Safety for construction workers, motorists, and pedestrians is our number one concern. It is extremely important to be alert for flaggers and construction workers.
- Please drive cautiously and watch for changes in road surface conditions.
- Please slow down. Remember, traffic fines are double in work zones.
Remember, please slow down in construction work zones and watch for signs
and instructions from traffic flagging personnel. "A split-second of inattention
on your part can result in the serious injury or death of a highway worker."
Washington State Department of Transportation/Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair St.
Spokane, WA 99207
This page maintained by Al Gilson
WSDOT/Eastern Region Public Affairs