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Mayor Speaks About Gateway Beautification Project

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The Spokane Gateway Beautification Construction project is underway. The $598,000 project will beautify the main entryways into the city by improving crosswalks, landscaping, hardscaping and adding lots of planting and artwork.

"First impressions are important," says Spokane Mayor David Condon. "Beautifying the most significant entrance to our city will help us leave a lasting impression with our guests."

The part of the project currently under way will include Division St. from the I-90 entrance down to Spokane Falls Blvd. It will be funded by revenue from city managed parking lots under the freeway and revenue from parking meters and citations.

The city has worked closely with the Washington State Dept.of  Transportation and property owners in the area over the last few years to come up with a construction plan, which will be themed around the river and Spokane's Native American Heritage.

"You'll see many of the images about the river, about the fish, about our Native Americans who called this home first," says Condon. "We realized that we needed to redo the physical entrance to the city."

Condon also says they will be looking at other intersections moving forward.

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