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Riverside Avenue Construction and Plaza Zone Detours

Spokane Transit Authority (STA) and Avista will be performing work in downtown Spokane. On Sunday, July 5, STA will implement temporary bus loading zones along Riverside Avenue between Post Street and Wall Street to install infrastructure for a future High Performance Transit stop. On Monday, July 13, Avista contract crews will begin work to replace manholes and underground vaults just north of the STA Plaza. To minimize customer impacts, STA and Avista have consolidated their schedules, effectively limiting the overall traffic impacts. No power outages are expected during this work.

For the duration of construction, east and westbound traffic on Riverside Avenue will detour north and south on Howard Street and Post Street to alternative east and west streets. Riverside Avenue’s westbound travel lanes along the block will become eastbound transit-only lanes. Work is anticipated to be complete by early September.

“After reviewing all options, we selected the most efficient construction scenario to allow both projects to advance at the same time,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO. “It means there will be a greater impact to the area, but for a much shorter period of time. This strategy reduces the construction timeframe by a minimum of four weeks.”

The map below illustrates STA’s temporary passenger boarding Zones 1 and 2 physically located in the street just south of the eastbound transit-only travel lane, and Zones 3 and 4 temporarily relocated to the sidewalk in front of the Bank of America building. Wayfinding signage will also be in place at the Plaza to help direct customers.


 For questions about Avista’s project to replace the manholes and vaults located within the roadway on Riverside Avenue, please contact Avista at 1-800-227-9187.

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