Spokane County celebrated the completion of the Hawthorne West road and stormwater project that borders Whitworth University on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The $1.6-1.7 million project was made possible by grants from the Washington state Transportation Improvement Board and the state Department of Ecology.
The project was the result of a highly collaborative process between county departments, state agencies, higher education and private businesses.
More than half-mile of Hawthorne’s road surface was completely reconstructed and includes pedestrian safety and traffic calming features. Other improvements included removing/replacing failing stormwater structures and adding new facilities that provide stormwater treatment. These improvements were critical part of the project because Hawthorne West is situated over a highly susceptible area of the aquifer, the sole source of our drinking water.
Also the Argonne Road project from Maringo to Wellesley opened Thursday ahead of schedule.
The project included replacing aging asphalt and failing drywells, upgrading stormwater facilities and improved traffic signalization on Upriver Drive.
The total cost of the project was $1.22 million. Washington state Transportation Improvement Board dollars provided 60 percent of the funding. The other 40 percent was paid with Spokane County’s road and stormwater funds.