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Spokane celebrates completion of bridge construction giving motorcyclists one lane – Washington

(The Center Square) – The City of Spokane fully reopened the Post Street Bridge on Wednesday for the first time since 2019 after an extensive reconstruction project that cost taxpayers $21 million and reduced the structure to one lane.

Although initially built in 1917, the 330-foot-long Post Street Bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 2019 after a structural analysis determined it could no longer safely support the weight. Only cyclists and pedestrians were allowed to cross until it was completely closed for construction in May 2020.

Now, a new Post Street Bridge stretches between Riverfront Park and the north bank, offering views of the Spokane River falls on each side. Mayor Lisa Brown participated in Wednesday’s unveiling celebration and underscored the importance of multimodal transportation in the region.

“As we hear about generations past, we have to think about the generations ahead of us,” Brown said, “and we are at a very important moment for our city to do that, to make this part of a reawakening of society. our unity.”

She invited attendees to explore what surrounds them as they envision a future for Spokane together. Brown said the Post Street Bridge is just one example of what is possible, as several other projects have also recently been completed, creating more connections around Riverfront Park.

The new Post Street Bridge embraces a more multimodal approach, supporting only one lane of vehicular traffic. A protected cycle path runs along the west side of the bridge, with a footpath on the east side. Both are separated from traffic with large planters and benches.

In addition, a sewer pipe that previously hung outside the bridge was replaced with a sewer pipe that ran underneath, protecting views of the falls and the park. Brown said she plans to visit the route regularly as she commutes back and forth across the river on city business.

“It is fitting that we celebrate this now as we also celebrate our Expo 50 celebration,” Brown said. “All of these projects showcase the Spokane River Gorge, which was of course the centerpiece of the 1974 World’s Fair.”

Spokane also celebrated a few other updates around Riverfront Park on Wednesday, most notably a new hanging platform under the Monroe Street Bridge, according to a news release.

The $2.5 million project connects Spokane’s Great Gorge Loop Trail without forcing residents and visitors to cross a major intersection. In addition, east of the Post Street Bridge are two newly renovated suspension bridges, originally built for the 1974 World’s Fair.

Updates to the North Suspension Bridge were completed in 2022, but the South Suspension Bridge finished last fall just in time for the Expo 50 celebration.

Each of the two projects cost approximately $2.8 million and included new bridge decks and repairs to corroded steel beams, railings and various lighting and electrical components.

“These projects are the definition of what we mean by quality of life in our beautiful city. However, let’s not underestimate what it took to get here,” said Marlene Feist, Director of Public Works. “Years of planning, significant coordination of funding sources from local, state and federal agencies, and the incredible work of the contractors who met these challenges.”

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