Spokane Bridges to Undergo Review

By Steve Jackson

The Spokane City Council has voted to spend $350,000 on inspections of several city bridges. The council wants to ensure the bridges are safe.

Council member Jon Snyder proposed the idea, worried that the condition of some spans could pose a hazard. He says that given the issues Washington state has faced recently because of the I-5 corridor, "it behooves us to look at all our infrastructure to make sure our citizens are safe and we have all the information we need to ensure these bridges are functional."

The bridge issue was at the forefront of Kelly Cruz's unsuccessful run during city council primaries. Cruz says a major study completed in 2009 determined that the Howard Street Bridge section in Riverfront Park was already deemed structurally deficient.

Cruz: "We are placing the taxpayers and the public safety in jeopardy. So I am asking the council to step up and say enough is enough. We don't mind spending the money on the footbridges, but have a bridge that has been identified as a threat to public safety. Address that issue, now."

The council voted to fund another study. It will examine the condition of 11 bridges. This will include several in and surrounding Riverfront Park, like the Kardong pedestrian bridge and the Fish Lake pedestrian bridge.
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