Marlene Feist

Keeping the Good Streets Good!

Marlene Feist, Public Works Director of Strategic Development, 509.625.6505

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 12:58 p.m.

Keeping the Good Streets Good!

The City of Spokane has landed a $5 million grant of federal dollars that will allow us to add 14.5 lane miles of grind and overlay work to our construction program over the next two years.

The projects will include grind and overlay work on:

  • Maple and Ash streets from Rowan to Country Homes Boulevard.
  • Wellesley Avenue from Driscoll to Milton.
  • Nevada Street from Wellesley to Francis.
  • Mission Avenue from Greene to Trent.
  • Sprague Avenue from Scott to Ivory.

The projects are expected to be bid as a package with work occurring in 2018 and 2019. Some of the work will help preserve streets that were rebuilt in the last 10 to 15 years. The map of the work is attached.

Improving street conditions is always a top priority for our citizens. With the passage of the 2014 Street Levy, the City committed to a street program that includes both complete rebuilds of streets, along with a program of maintenance work that preserves streets that have already been rebuilt and improves conditions on those awaiting major repairs.

To be successful, the street program requires the City to obtain grants to be able to stretch local dollars farther and complete more work.

The new grant will allow the City to build on the success of its Fix-It-Fest program, which has included an additional $1 million infusion in arterial street maintenance this summer following considerable winter damage to City streets.

Improvements already have been completed on a number of streets, including East Sharp Avenue, the Thor-Freya corridor, North Freya, Maxwell Avenue by North Central High School, and Fourth Avenue by Lewis & Clark High School, among others. Overall, the Fix-It-Fest 2017 program will encompass work on 14 miles of City streets, including grind and overlay, thin overlay, chip seal, and patch repairs.

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