Paving work done on Liberty Lake's Harvard Road bridge, I-90 on-ramps

<p><p>Construction work on the Harvard Road Bridge over Interstate 90 is nearly finished to the likely relief of Liberty Lake residents.</p></p><p><p>The Washington Department of Transportation widened the bridge, adding a second northbound lane.</p></p><p><p>In addition to the bridge work, the department lengthened and realigned the westbound on-ramps. There are two on-ramps, one each for southbound and northbound Harvard Road drivers.</p></p><p><p>Ryan Overton, the DOT’s eastern region spokesman, said lengthening the on-ramps improves safety, in part by giving drivers more time to get up to 60 mph before merging onto the interstate.</p></p><p><p>Construction crews did paving work from Aug. 8 until early September. For a few weeks southbound Harvard Road drivers couldn’t merge onto the westbound interstate ramp and had to use the Barker Road on-ramp instead.</p></p><p><p>Overton said the project isn’t completely done, but the remaining work won’t require any daytime closures and the bulk of the inconvenience is over.</p></p><p><p>“We appreciate everyone’s patience,” he said.</p></p>