With 43 projects totaling some $74 million in new work this construction season, Spokane Mayor David Condon said Monday crews are hoping Mother Nature will cooperate so projects can finish before winter starts.
“This is our biggest year for construction projects in Spokane, and we appreciate everyone’s patience,” said Condon. “The construction season was very aggressive and is improving the safety and driveability of our streets.”
In the city’s construction season update released Monday, crews listed that the Lincoln Monroe project between 2nd and Main Ave is on time. Crews said roads affected in this project will have pavement and be open by winter, and a top lift will be placed in spring 2017.
“We have been bringing some extra crews in, obviously the weather window is kind of putting us into crunch time here, so we are seeing some extra shifts,” said Kyle Twohig, Spokane’s Engineering Operations Manager.
While several projects are expected to wrap up in October, crews are trying to get Lincoln and Monroe done by the middle of November.
“We have a couple of weeks into November where it’s very typical we could still get asphalt, the plants will be open, so we don’t see the very last day of October as our last opportunity for work within this season,” said Twohig.
Right now, construction crews said one of their biggest concerns is making sure it’s warm enough to pave the road.
“For the most part, we can schedule our paving days around some of those cold nights and make sure we have the appropriate temps,” said Twohig. “The rest of the infrastructure work like placing metal concrete can happen once the weather has gone further south on us.”
For an interactive map on Spokane’s construction projects, click here: https://my.spokanecity.org/projects/construction/