Sullivan Bridge Water Trail access on track for this year
August 25, 2016
The City of Spokane Valley expects to complete the Sullivan Road Bridge Replacement project this fall. With that comes water trail and riparian restoration projects sure to delight area families and river users. From the outset, the City has worked hard to complete designs and partnerships to not only remove and replace an old deteriorating bridge, but improve Sullivan Park.
The City’s contractor, Max J. Kuney Company, is just beginning the process of restoring the area that was used for construction access to the river and the temporary work bridge. When complete, a footpath will connect with the park for paddlers to carry their canoes, kayaks, tubes, etc. to and from the river. The park restoration includes backfilling the temporary access road and constructing retaining walls. In addition, Kuney is building overlooks at the bridge deck level from which people can enjoy river views.
Also this fall, Spokane Conservation District will be restoring about 400 feet of park shoreline with native planting and fencing. A path farther downstream from the bridge will allow river users to walk directly down to the river and enjoy the restored area, including anglers throwing a line out.
These features, and a new shelter previously installed by Spokane Valley, are sure to make Sullivan Park a destination attraction. Thank you to the many partners who diligently worked to make this happen.