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Roundabout construction at Wellesley Avenue and Freya Street in Spokane starts Aug. 22

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 07:50

Al Gilson, communications, 509-324-6015

Drivers who use the intersection of Wellesley Avenue and Freya Street should plan for potential delays starting later in August.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 22, contractor crews for Washington State Department of Transportation will start a $2.1 million project to build a new roundabout in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood, just north of the Esmeralda golf course.

The roundabout replaces stop signs at this busy intersection and widens both streets, providing more efficient travel through the area, especially for large trucks traveling to and from nearby industrial and distribution businesses. WSDOT is funding and building this project because the future Wellesley Avenue Interchange on the US 395/North Spokane Corridor freeway – which will bring more traffic to the area – adds to the need for improvements at this location.

The city of Spokane partnered with WSDOT on this project, with the city completing water line and utility work in preparation for the roundabout construction. Halme Construction of Spokane is WSDOT’s prime contractor on the roundabout.

What can drivers expect?

  • During construction, the intersection of Wellesley Avenue and Freya Street will be closed to traffic. 
  • Drivers should expect temporary traffic revisions and detours on adjacent streets, which may cause short travel delays. 
  • For detailed travel information visit the weekly construction update.  
  • The roundabout should open to traffic this fall. 

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