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Are Spokane roads ready for Bloomsday 2016?

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Bloomsday is almost here, but are our roads ready?

Research from TRIP of Washington, D.C. says in 2013, 44 percent of Spokane’s roads were in poor condition, meaning it’s a pretty rough ride. The city of Spokane is working to fix this though.

Runners are fitting in some last minute training before Bloomsday. Steve Warrington has run in 14 or 15 and Jeremy Englin has run in 6 or 7.  They’re not too concerned about running into potholes or cracks on the route.

“The Bloomsday course is maintained fairly well. It's not bad if you're going to go out there and train on it,” Warrington says.

But they say if you look around the city, it’s a different story for runners.

“There's areas in town like we were saying, the South Hill you've really got to be careful there's a lot of sidewalks that are coming up in that area and the downtown core itself, that's just traffic issues,” he says.

So, they try to run mainly on the trails. But there are conditions drivers still have to deal with.

The city is sweeping, sealing cracks, and filling potholes along the Bloomsday course. At the same time, they are also working all over town too, patching potholes as they can. As for replacing roads, that’s something the levy address and you can actually track the different projects on the city’s construction map (https://my.spokanecity.org/projects/construction/) and future projects through the Capital Improvement Programs website (https://my.spokanecity.org/projects/capital-programs/)

All of these projects will take time though and it’s something these runners understand.

If you have a pothole in your neighborhood, report it to the city.

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