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Road improvements may have negative impact on area businesses

Kathy Ball, store manager of Hancock Fabrics Kathy Ball, store manager of Hancock Fabrics

















(The intersection of Sprague and Sullivan is scheduled to be closed for
construction this Spring and that has some business owners worried)


SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Three road improvement projects scheduled to get underway in April will almost certainly create headaches for area drivers, but perhaps worse, the projects may cause a loss in revenue for businesses near the busy intersection of Sprague and Sullivan.

The projects scheduled to last through September will affect the following areas:

  • Sullivan/Sprague Intersection (Intersection closure with detours for about 3 weeks)
  • Sullivan/Broadway Intersection (Expect lane restrictions, detours and delays)
  • Broadway Avenue Improvement - Moore Road to Flora Road (Broadway Avenue just west of Sullivan will be closed to through traffic for 2 weeks)

The positive impact of the projects includes improved safety and the ability to accommodate traffic flow. The negative impact, aside from serious traffic delays during construction, may come from limited access to businesses situated near the Sprague and Sullivan intersection which is said to see 26,000 cars per day.

Kathy Ball, store manager for Hancock Fabrics says business in this economy is tough enough as things are, but business when there's little to no access to her store for months at a time is even worse.

"Obviously, any retailer isn't going to be happy because it's going to impact my business and anything that impacts my business... negatively will not make the company happy," said Ball.

Ball received a letter from the City about one week ago informing her of the $5.2 million three-phase construction project that will begin in April and last clear through September.

The project will temporarily close portions of Broadway, Sprague and Sullivan in different stages while crews work to lay down more durable concrete and widen the road meaning drivers will have to detour around the area, or avoid the intersection all together.

"The duration is what I am having a problem with. It kind of sounds like we're talking months here, not just weeks," said Ball. "I think if they could do it more quickly, it would certainly be beneficial to the retailers."

For more information on these projects, you can call 509-720-5001.

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