Spokane, WA

Citizens are invited to participate in a meeting to discuss the surface design of a block of Wall Street downtown, following a project to install a sewer main there. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 21, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 1A in the Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave.

The City of Spokane will begin work in early August on a project to install a sewer main in Wall Street from Main Avenue to Spokane Falls Boulevard, including both of those intersections. In phase one, crews will install the pipe and cover the construction area with a temporary asphalt patch. That work is expected to take eight to 12 weeks, with limited access to traffic

In phase two, which is planned for the spring of 2016, the City will install a new surface on the street and add related elements, including lighting and landscaping.

The new pipe is needed as part of the City’s work to reduce overflows from combined wastewater and stormwater sewers to the Spokane River. The project schedule and phasing also will accommodate private construction work planned on Wall Street to build a new Urban Outfitters store. Earlier this year, the City approved a vacation of part of Wall Street to allow for the new development, which is part of River Park Square.

Wall Street from Spokane Falls Boulevard to Riverside Avenue is a brick street, designed for greater pedestrian activity. The need for utility work in the block between Spokane Falls and Main provides an opportunity to update the street design, improve its pedestrian appeal, further activate its use for events, and help lead people to a renovated Riverfront Park. The City eventually would like to extend the new design on the block between Main and Riverside.