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Closure starts today on Sprague Avenue for demolition work

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 16, 2012 at 7:19 am with 3 Comments »
February 16, 2012 7:19 am

Construction crews have closed part of South Sprague Avenue as they continue to demolish the old Nalley Valley viaduct.

The northbound lane of Sprague will be closed between South 35th Street and South Tacoma Way from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of the month. The closure begins today.

Constructions crews may extend the lane closure in hours and days, depending the on demolition work, the state DOT reports.

DOT provided these questions and answers regarding the closures.

Q – Why are you not allowing Sprague traffic to get to South Tacoma Way?

A – The lane closures on South Tacoma Way are funneling traffic down to one lane in each direction, which reduces the road to half its normal capacity.  We’re finding that traffic on South Tacoma Way is moving pretty well, but it is a steady stream.  By redirecting side-street traffic away from the demolition work and the restricted lanes, motorists will have a much easier time finding space between cars so they can turn onto South Tacoma Way.

Q – What is the detour?

A – Fortunately there is an easy alternate route. South Sprague Avenue motorists headed to South Tacoma Way will be directed to turn left onto South 35th Street and right onto South Pine Street.  They will intersect South Tacoma Way just a few blocks down from the construction site.

Q – Will I still be able to turn from South Tacoma Way onto Sprague to go up the hill?

A – Yes, motorists traveling in both directions on South Tacoma Way will still be able to turn onto South Sprague Avenue.  Expect some delays, as the lane closures and flagging activities may slow traffic.

Q – I need to get to Durham School Services (or Van Gard Self Storage), which is beyond your closure point.  How do I get there?

A – You have two options to get to those two destinations:  1) tell the flagger you are going to one of those two local businesses and he/she will let you through; or 2) drive along South Tacoma Way until you get to South Sprague Avenue and turn to go up the hill.  When you exit those businesses, you will not be able to turn left to return to South Tacoma Way, but you will be able to turn right and use the above alternate route.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. I’ve been watching this project for awhile now. I bet this is what is going to happen. Traffic will steadily increase and by the time the project is finished, it’ll be outdated.

    I noticed that when the new overpass opened, traffic lightened up a bit…but now with choke point merges it’s getting back to the backups we had before. Nothing has really changed.

    Same thing happened with the northbound mess at Pacific. Several lanes merging into the freeway in a short distance, and several hundred “me first” nits shoving their way in front of someone else.

    Oh by the way, Good Job State Patrol!! The other day I watched some bozo suddenly cut right across two lanes of traffic from I-5 to the 705/City Center exit…The dope did it not knowing the WSP was right behind him…..I loved watching the blue and red light show come on! Good Catch! ;)

  2. footballscaa says:

    Sprague has been an enigma since this project has begun. Get it finished already. This time with fewer mistakes. ~

  3. alindasue says:

    That stretch of Sprague isn’t used a whole lot anyhow. That’s why I usually use that route to get to Costco. Pine Street is still better than the mall side traffic mess.

    Thanks for the heads up.

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