Now those interested can watch demolition and construction of the new southbound Sullivan Road Bridge across the Spokane River without driving out to the site.
A link to the construction site Web cam has been posted to the city of Spokane Valley's project Web page at spokanevalley.org/sullivanbridge.
Tools on the screen let users get up close to the action by changing camera views, zooming in on sections of each image, or panning from left to right or up and down. Or, watch a time-lapse video of the all the photo images of construction to date.
Replacement of the bridge, which was built in 1950, has been a priority for the city of Spokane Valley since 2009 when an annual bridge inspection resulted in a rating of "structurally deficient." Weight restrictions were posted in June 2011 and subsequently removed when temporary repairs were completed in 2012.
The bridge carries about 26,000 vehicles a day, it links the industrial area north of the river with Interstate 90 and the commercial areas located north and south of the freeway.
The new southbound bridge will be 65 feet wide, with four lanes that will safely accommodate future traffic flow. It will also help relieve congestion at the high-traffic intersection south of the bridge at Sullivan and Indiana.
Also included in the project are a 10-foot-wide multi-use pathway and three river viewing platforms. Access to the river from Sullivan Park will also be enhanced for enjoyment of the Spokane River.
More details about the project area available on the project Web site at spokanevalley.org/sullivanbridge.