The bad news – One eastbound lane of upper Spokane Street is closing for approximately six weeks so that crews can connect the new eastbound 4th Avenue off-ramp to the upper roadway.
The good news – The new eastbound 4th Avenue off-ramp is expected to be open for use with the completion of this work.
The bad news – To install the barriers necessary for the one lane closure crews have to take both eastbound lanes for several hours overnight, starting July 19th at 9 p.m. By 5 a.m. one eastbound lane on the Spokane Viaduct will open for use (for those six weeks).
The good news – As of tomorrow morning eastbound lanes of lower Spokane Street between East Marginal Way S and Fourth Avenue S, which have been closed for a year and a half, will open to traffic.
Wondering what crews will be doing, specifically, to fuse the ramp and elevated structure? Between July 19th and early September SDOT’s contractor will erect shoring; set a temporary barrier; relocate and extend information technology conduit and wire; remove existing mounted lighting; saw-cut the old S Spokane street overhang at the connection point; demolish the overhang and pier caps; straighten bar and doweling for the new infrastructure configuration; install reinforcing steel; build forms and pour concrete; form barrier tie-ins; pour barrier concrete; remove forms and patching; hang signage; place an epoxy coat on the roadway once all concrete has cured – which for this level of pour can take up to two weeks; and then stripe the roadway.