Soon, a smooth new asphalt driving surface in addition to newly upgraded and relocated swales will be among the things drivers will notice when they enter the city of Spokane Valley from eastbound Interstate 90.
Work on the improvements is scheduled to get under way on Monday, Aug. 4, and wrap up by the end of October, weather permitting.
Resurfacing of the roadway and upgrades to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards for sidewalks at the west end of the project area are funded through the city of Spokane Valley Street Preservation Program. While this work is under way from Aug. 4 until about Labor Day, Appleway will be reduced to two lanes around the clock from Thierman to Park.
Once the resurfacing and sidewalk upgrades are completed, the Appleway Landscaping Project begins and will continue through the end of October. Improvements include ADA upgrades and relocation of sidewalks and swales along the east end of the project area.
Traffic impacts include temporary lane closures with at least two lanes open at all times. There will be some sidewalk closures and brief driveway closures as well, with crews contacting affected businesses. Other than that, access to businesses will remain available.
Funded by the city of Spokane Valley and the Stormwater Management Fund, the Appleway Landscaping Project will help improve stormwater drainage, provide a safety buffer between pedestrians and vehicles, and will also provide space for storage of snow plowed off the roadway.
Improvements will also help enhance the initial impression and unique identity of the city, which has been a priority over the last several years. In 2013, signs identifying Appleway as part of Spokane Valley's I-90 business loop were installed.
That same year, the city created a new gateway area at the intersection of Appleway and Thierman, with landscaped improvements and a large monument sign letting drivers know they have entered the city of Spokane Valley.
The project also involves relocation of one bus stop. Details on that are available through Spokane Transit Authority at 509-328-RIDE or at spokanetransit.com.
Those who would like to stay updated on traffic impacts for this project and other city of Spokane Valley projects are encouraged to sign up for emailed Traffic Alerts. Subscribe online at spokanevalley.org/signup. Recorded traffic alerts are also available by phone at 720-5311.