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Wellesley Avenue closes Nov. 20 for railroad track realignment and roadway improvements

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:02

Ryan Overton, communications 509-324-6014 or 509-413-9791 (mobile)

SPOKANE – The long planned three-year Wellesley Avenue closure is coming soon to the Hillyard neighborhood. Travelers are encouraged to seek alternate routes as work begins later this month to realign the railroad tracks and construct a new highway interchange.

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 20, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin constructing the North Spokane Corridor (NSC) Wellesley Avenue interchange. During this time, Wellesley Avenue between Market Street and Freya Street will be closed to pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic. The closure and interchange work, which will last until the end of 2022, is part of the overall US 395/North Spokane Corridor construction.

Francis Avenue, Carlisle Avenue, and Upriver Drive will remain open during the work. Euclid Avenue between Market and Ralph streets will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 19, ahead of the Wellesley Avenue closure.

The 2nd BNSF Realignment project includes the realignment and relocation of the BNSF Railway tracks from Rowan Avenue to Cleveland Avenue to make way for the future NSC mainline alignment.

Concurrent with the rail replacement project, additional NSC work includes construction of the shared-use Children of the Sun Trail, which includes pedestrian-only bridges and amenities, from Columbia Avenue down across the Spokane River.

Bridgeport, Fairview, Cleveland, Grace, Marietta, and Jackson avenues have already been permanently closed in the vicinity of the NSC to make way for the freeway.

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