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  • To protect the area's ecosystem including water quality, wetlands, priority habitat and wildlife, and dwindling native vegetation.
  • To encourage the development of area parks and natural areas.
  • To educate public officials of the concerns of the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley, and be pro-active when major issues are at the forefront.

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    Little Spokane Bridge is Being Replaced
    by Marla Schaeffer

    Bridge #3602 on Little Spokane Drive at the intersection of Dartford and Mill Roads is being replaced next year.

    An Open House public meeting was held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at the Christian Life Church located on Little Spokane Drive providing citizens an opportunity to ask questions about the project with County Engineering staff who designed the project. It was well attended. Displays gave details of the project which can be found at www.spokanecounty.org/engineer/content.aspx?c=1655

    Between 1951 and 1959, fifteen bridges of this type were constructed in Spokane County. Of these, 4 have been reconstructed, 9 are posted with weight restrictions, and 3 are structurally deficient. The Little Spokane Drive Bridge is being replaced due to its deteriorated condition. There is concrete deterioration, concrete spalling (chips breaking off) with exposed reinforcing, settling, and girder shear and flexure cracks. Weight limits were placed on this bridge in 2006.

    The project will be constructed in two phases in order to avoid having alternate routes in extreme winter weather conditions. The first phase will be the bridge replacement scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2012 and completed in the Fall of 2012 (about 7 months total). The second phase will be the reconstruction of the intersection and approach roadways and is scheduled for completion in the Summer of 2013.

    See the maps which show the final plan and the alternate routes. The new bridge will clear span the river and provide a roadway section that carries two 12' lanes with 4' shoulders and a barrier that protects a 10' wide shared use path that will connect to the Little Spokane River pathway system. It will be great to have the trail system continue across this new bridge and connect up to the new trail planned along Wandermere Frontage Road to the Wandermere Mall area. (See accompanying article, County?s Wandermere Road Pathway project).

    Pedestrian connectivity to shopping meets the top priority regarding trails in our valley area as identified by our community when surveyed over 10 years ago!

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