With the Spokane River running fast and cold, the Spokane Valley City Council Tuesday night expanded the area where the waterway is closed in the area of Sullivan Road.
Effective immediately, the expanded closure area encompasses two-thirds of a mile upstream to the east of the Sullivan Road Bridge to the Old Mission Avenue access to the river and the Centennial Trail. To the west the closure extends about 500 feet downstream.
The new configuration will give kayakers and other users an earlier chance to get out of the river before encountering the dangerous area beneath the under-construction southbound Sullivan Road Bridge, where the ongoing replacement project has created a variety of hazards.
Meanwhile, increased water flow has also reduced the clearance between the river and underside of the temporary work bridge.
While there are warning signs already in place, additional signage will warns river traffic to exit the river at a mandatory takeout on the southeast side of the river before entering the expanded closure area east of the bridge.
“We’ve had additional discussions with our police personnel, and they’ve had concerns,” Cary Driskell, city attorney, told the council. “We felt compelled to come back due to the public safety aspect of this.”
The new southbound Sullivan Road Bridge is expected to be complete by next fall. The closure will remain in place until further notice.
For more information, visit the city’s Web site at spokanevalley.org/news.