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Hidden sidewalk vaults getting fixed

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The city of Spokane is working to fill old basement vaults. The city of Spokane is working to fill old basement vaults.
SPOKANE, Wash. - It's the empty spaces underneath Spokane city sidewalks that are now full of problems. Since the early 1900s, basement vaults built into the sidewalks have been barely noticeable from the street. Businesses used them as basement storage and the years gone by are now starting to take their toll.


"What happened was it just fell right through one night and it was a real real big deal," says Alex Lea, back house manager for Monterey Cafe in Downtown Spokane. It's one of six locations where the sidewalk outside has been placed on the immediate fix list for the city to prevent collapse.


"It could be disastrous," says Spokane City Engineer Brandon Blankenagel. "We are really taking this and treating the system that needs treatment now." He says he's thankful nothing has happened yet, but that it is a possibility.


14 locations throughout the city are on the list to be fixed. It received a grant of $1.1 million, te citthematched the rest and is looking for help from some of the private businesses where the fixes are needed.


Some of the work could begin as soon as this month to fill in the spaces for a permanent fix and bring the old world underneath up to date with the new.

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