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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Al Gilson, Communications Manager
WSDOT Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA 99207
Crews will smooth five miles of deeply-rutted Interstate 90 west of downtown Spokane starting April 4. Drivers should be prepared for slow traffic, congestion and delays between Geiger Boulevard and the downtown Spokane freeway viaduct.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and contractor Acme Concrete Paving Inc. will grind the lanes down 1 ½ inches to remove the ruts, repair several hundred concrete sections that are cracked and broken, and repave the Latah Creek Bridge.
“This is a very busy section of I-90,” said Keith Metcalf, Region Administrator. “The high volume of traffic and studded tires have significantly damaged the roadway, especially across the bridges. We’re going to smooth it all out.”
Traffic will be reduced to two lanes in each direction during daytime hours for most of the project. During evening and overnight hours, there may be times when I-90 is limited to one lane. In addition, eastbound I-90 will be reduced to one lane when work is under way on the Abbott Road Bridge near the top of the Sunset Hill.
The legal speed limit will be reduced for the duration of the project to help ease congestion and improve safety.
Construction should take about 36 weeks to complete, with the project probably suspended over the winter and completed in 2012.
This section of I-90 was widened in the early 1990’s. The concrete is 11 inches deep and was designed to allow for this type of pavement grinding project.
Drivers can follow construction-related traffic impacts by visiting WSDOT’s Weekly Construction Update website or the Spokane Freeway Fix project page.
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