Construction Kicks Off in Rainy Spokane

By Paige Browning

In a city that can feel like it has three seasons – fall, winter, and construction- Spokane is moving into the third. At rainy Underhill Park Monday, Mayor David Condon announced the beginning of construction season.
Residents will encounter street repair, road alterations, and construction of the required, yet costly, sewer overflow tanks. Condon says this year there is $2.5 million more for street maintenance, than last year.
Condon: “We have more than 40 street and utility projects, totaling over $58 million in work over the city this season.”
The mayor says each million dollars in construction creates 50 jobs, meaning Spokane will employ more than 3,000 people in construction this season.
According to Avista’s Regional Business Manager, each February local jurisdictions, power and gas companies, communications networks, and other groups lay all their projects out, then schedule when they can work on streets at the same time. Still, 40 projects will mean a lot of summer detours.
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