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Euclid Road Bridge Town Hall Summary
Spokane County Commissioner Al French and County Engineer Chad Coles held a town hall meeting on September 16th for the residents/motorists affected by the Euclid Road Bridge closure. The bridge is the property of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, but county engineers conduct visual safety inspections every two years. After finding two critical failures in the bridge's substructure, the county closed access to the bridge in mid-June. Since then, a three-mile detour has been in place that includes gravel roads. The increase in traffic (and speeding) has taken a toll on the detour roads, as well as some nearby roads that motorists are using as an alternate route to the detour.
Almost 180 people attended the town hall meeting to learn more about the situation and ask questions about potential solutions and partnerships that Public Works is exploring.
The presentation first focused on the repair or replacement of the bridge: Euclid Road Presentation PPT
•Reinforce/Repair Current Bridge
•Cons: Full structural inspection and feasibility analysis required.
•Cost: $980,000 (estimate)
•Pros: Removes detour traffic from Newkirk Rd.
•Cons: Newkirk Rd. remains the detour route until completed.
Work performed under contract prior to construction of new bridge.
Requires new alignment for replacement bridge.
Then the discussion shifted to Options for the Detour Route:
•Grading and application of Dust Oil
•Cost: Approximately $20,000 per application (Oil-$16,000 plus grading costs).
•Pros: It is the least expensive and fastest method.
•Cons: Short-term fix – lasts 5 to 6 weeks.
•Cost: Approximately $135,000
•Pros: Lasts approximately one calendar year.
Shorter amount of time needed for construction.
•Cons: Needs to be graded every year in the spring and more material (Magnesium Chloride) applied to maintain it.
•Cost: Approximately $1,300,000
•Pros: Permanent paved roadway surface.
•Cons: Cost and timing (Design and construction is not possible until 2020). Requires several months to complete.
Commissioner French is also working with the railroad, Fairchild Air Force Base, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers, along with Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray. The county is hoping to resolve issues with the detour roads before winter weather sets in.
For more information, please contact Public Information and Outreach Manager Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter at (5090 477-7195 or email@example.com.