If you keep up with local transportation news at all, you know the proposed project to narrow Monroe Street from just north of Indiana to the base of the North Hill has been a hot topic. Some people worry that it will cause traffic bottlenecks through the area, and that there is too much traffic to reduce the roadway to one lane in each direction with a middle turn lane.

So, the City of Spokane is going to do a trial run to see how it works. According to the Spokesman-Review, crews will put temporary striping on North Monroe Street to show how their proposed three-lane configuration would work. This will happen in late spring and remain until fall. This will coast between $300,000 and $500,000.

The temporary striping will include markings for curb extensions at intersections to help pedestrians cross Monroe as well as wider parking spaces along curbs. City officials will then study how permanent construction changes might affect traffic, including travel times behind Spokane transit buses.

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