City, contractor to host public info session on renewed downtown street construction

By Zach Hagadone
Reader Staff

It’s almost the beginning of construction season in Sandpoint, and that means work on Phase II of the Downtown Revitalization Project is about to ramp up once more. 

Contractor Sonray Enterprises is slated to kick off renewed work along First Avenue from Cedar to Church streets beginning Monday, March 16. In the meantime, the contractor will join city staff including Sandpoint Public Works Director Amanda Wilson and project manager/City Engineer Dan Tadic for a public update on Thursday, March 12 at the Panida Little Theater (300 N. First Ave.). 

Scheduled to run from 8 a.m.-9 a.m., the information session will include a detailed timeline for construction work and an outline for how it will impact local infrastructure and downtown businesses. 

Ultimately, the project is designed to provide a completely reconstructed downtown streetscape, from “building-face to building-face,” as managers describe it, including new stormwater pretreatment; almost 50 new street trees; bike racks, benches, seat walls and lighting; enhanced pedestrian crossings; 50 standard parking spaces, five ADA spaces, four motorcycle parking zones and three loading zones; as well as accomodations for fiber internet. 

A large portion of the construction work, including excavation, took place in the fall of 2019 before crews buttoned up for the winter.

According to city officials, the project remains on track for substantial completion by Lost in the ’50s in May.

For more information on the project, visit

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