Those who have always wished Mansfield Avenue connected all the way through from Pines Road to Mirabeau Parkway will want to drop by an open house next Wednesday to learn more about the project to make that happen.
Spokane Valley Public Works staff will be on hand from 5 to 7 p.m. at CenterPlace Regional Event Center to share information about the project, answer questions and get input from community members.
Anticipated for construction over about seven to eight weeks in 2014, the project will extend Mansfield about 300 feet eastward from where it currently ends just east of Houk. When the project is completed, residents will be able to travel between Pines and Mirabeau without having to detour via Indiana Avenue or Mirabeau Parkway.
In addition to constructing the new section of roadway, the project includes the addition of a center turn lane between Pines and Houk, bike lanes, sidewalk upgrades to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, and stormwater drainage improvements.
While the project is under way, there may be temporary closures/detours for traffic on Houk and Cherry, but access to residences will remain available. Residents in the project area are being contacted directly.
Funding for the estimated $1.9 million project, which includes property acquisition and relocations as well as design and construction costs, is provided by the Federal Highway Administration, Washington State Transportation Improvement Board, a local developer, and the city of Spokane Valley.
For information on traffic impacts from this project and others that will be under way in 2014, sign up to receive Traffic Alerts online at spokanevalley.org/signup or call 509-720-5411.