Busy construction season expected for US 195

Busy construction season expected for US 195

Give yourself extra time to travel between Spokane and Pullman this construction season.

The majority of the work done during the season, which kicks off on March 26, will be repairs on five bridges and the addition of four new passing lanes.

On Monday, contractor crews will start setting up temporary traffic signal systems on US 195 at three locations: two near Rosalia and one just north of Steptoe. These signals will direct alternating single-lane traffic through the bridge repair areas.

If driving through the area, you should plan on up to 20 minutes of delays between Steptoe and the Spokane County line during construction.

The $3.1 million bridge repair work project requires the complete removal of the concrete driving surface, repairs to the underlying pavement support, and cement repaving. The contractor will repair the bridges one side at a time. They will tackle the northbound lanes first, then move over to the southbound side. The project should wrap up in mid-July.

In late April, contractor personnel will begin the $4.2 million passing lane project. Four new passing lane sections are being built: three between Rosalia and Plaza, and a fourth about 8 miles north of Steptoe. The Legislature funded the work as part of the 2015 Connected Washington package. During the passing lane work, drivers will experience intermittent delays, with flaggers and pilot cars directing single-lane, alternating traffic during the day. The passing lane job should wrap-up in mid to late-August.