Spokane provides $1.45M piece to bridge funding puzzle

The Spokane Metropolis Council determined to spend $1.45 million of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to restore the Don Kardong Bridge that’s a part of the Centennial Path close to Gonzaga College.

“It’s clear to me it is a tremendous precedence for us,” mentioned Breeann Beggs, council president.

He mentioned the bridge is a vital pedestrian connector for District 1 within the metropolis.

Councilor Michael Cathcart expressed concern about spending the federal funds on the bridge when town wanted extra behavioral well being providers, housing and financial improvement alternatives.

“My concern is that there’s a variety of funding wanted in Northeast Spokane, and I wasn’t positive of it occurring as a few of this cash will get spent in different areas,” mentioned Cathcart, who represents District 1.

With that mentioned, he joined his friends in including the ultimate piece to the funding puzzle for the restore challenge with a vote on Monday night time.

“In the end, I don’t wish to vote in opposition to a challenge that’s essential for Northeast Spokane for the hope that it’s going to get different funding, so I’m simply going to proceed to beat the drum,” mentioned Cathcart.

Beggs mentioned he was assured that the council would discover funding for the tasks that Cathcart named and others throughout town

The Kardong Bridge connects the College District with downtown Spokane and is a part of the 39-mile Centennial Path. The bridge is utilized by about 160,000 pedestrians a 12 months however, with out an estimated $2.3 million in repairs, is susceptible to closure, in response to metropolis data.

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The town’s Parks and Recreation Division is accountable to take care of and restore the sector of the trial inside its jurisdiction; and the remainder is maintained by Washington State Parks.

Spokane’s parks division beforehand secured a $726,000 grant from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Workplace, and $145,000 from the Mates of Centennial Trial and College District Public Growth Authority.

The council determined to maneuver forward with the ultimate funding within the bundle as a result of the challenge must be accomplished by spring 2023 to retain these grants.

Preliminary work, similar to design and draft bid paperwork, has already been accomplished, so town’s funding addition will now enable the challenge to exit for development bidding, which is anticipated to open in early spring.

The work to be accomplished on the bridge contains deck alternative from wooden to concrete, some pier restore, alternative of the bridge overlooks and guardrails, set up of a brand new lighting system and boundaries at every finish to dam car incursion.

“The lacking piece was further funding, and bridges are costly to restore. When we’ve to allocate a considerable amount of our Parks and Recreation price range to bridges, our neighborhood parks don’t get the sources they want and deserve,” mentioned Garrett Jones, director of Metropolis of Spokane Parks & Recreation, in a Wednesday press launch.

Earlier this month, the parks division additionally acquired $1.1 million in ARP funds licensed by the council for upgrades to restrooms and playgrounds.

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