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High Drive Street Project Set To Begin Soon After Spokane South Hill Neighborhood Meeting

A rendition of what High Drive on Spokane's south hill may soon look like A rendition of what High Drive on Spokane's south hill may soon look like

The City of Spokane held a meeting with neighbors who live near High Drive Street to discuss the changes that are coming in the Spring of 2014.

The project includes new paving, sidewalks, bike lanes, water main replacement, and systems to manage storm water on side and reduce overflows to the River from the combined sewer overflow in the area.

"In developing the design, it became apparent that there are two clearly defined segments to this project," said Julie Happy, Communications Director Engineering Service Department said, "Segment one is along the bluff from 29th to Manito Boulevard. Segment two is from Manito Boulevard to Hatch."

One of the biggest concerns to neighbors in the area had to do with landscaping. The City says every attempt to preserve existing landscaping where possible will be made to make that happen.

The City will repair any sprinkler systems that are disturbed during the construction process.

One of the other big issues from citizens was the need to provide bike lanes. There was an overwhelming response and consensus to put bike lanes on each side of the Street.

Another big issue was sidewalks. As with parking, the sidewalk topic had responses all over the board.

"They ranged from no sidewalks to yes on both sides to not in front of my house," Happy said. "Understand and listening, the conclusion is sidewalks on one side."

Due to the size of the project, the final design will be finished by mid February will construction beginning in early Spring 2014.

Julie Happy also said that she along with the City of Spokane "are very pleased and excited about this project and all of the positive feedback we've received. "

The High Drive Street Project was part of the original 2004 Street Bond Program.

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