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Fire Station Construction at Reclamation's Grand Coulee Dam Brings Changes
Media Contact: Dave Walsh, (208) 378-5026
Lynne Brougher, (509) 633-9503
For Release: November 10, 2016
GRAND COULEE, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Grand Coulee Dam is anticipating construction of its new fire station this spring. However, there will be several changes before construction begins.
On Nov. 21, the speed limit will be lowered from 40 mph to 30 mph on Highway 155 that passes the Grand Coulee Industrial Area facilities. As construction of the fire station gets underway, heavy equipment and construction vehicles will enter and exit Highway 155 at Industrial Road for approximately18 months. The speed limit will remain at 30 mph once construction is complete as fire trucks and emergency vehicles will access the highway in this area.
“Safety is a top priority for Reclamation,” said Lynne Brougher, Grand Coulee Dam Public Affairs Officer. “Though the speed limit reduction will occur prior to construction, we want local drivers to become accustomed to the change.” In addition, two streets approaching the construction area will be closed just before construction begins. These include Industrial Road from Highway 155 to B Street and B Street from Division Street to Industrial Road. These roads will reopen once construction is completed.
Fire station construction is expected to be complete by the summer of 2018. Reclamation awarded the $13.6 million construction contract to Innovative Construction & Design Ltd., a small business based in Post Falls, Idaho Sept. 16.
To see the locations of the speed limit changes and closures, please visit http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2016/gcdconstruction.pdf.
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