Once again it seems, a little road maintenance has brought up the “looks like Beirut” comment:

A newly rebuilt section of Lincoln Street on Spokane’s South Hill contains an innovative system for gathering and reusing storm water in Cannon Hill Park.

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The 12-block stretch from 17th to 29th avenues contains a series of “storm gardens” that are filled with small plants and shrubs on what was previously blacktop.

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Lincoln Street was arguably one of the bumpiest arterials in Spokane before the reconstruction, which took $1?million out of a 2004 voter-approved bond issue.

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“Lincoln Street a year ago, it was like Beirut,” [Mike] Taylor, [director of engineering services]  said.

Well Mike, your certificate is on the way.

The recently opened Lincoln Street (Spokane, Washington, USA) which previously "Looked Like Beirut"

The recently opened Lincoln Street (Spokane, Washington, USA) which previously "Looked Like Beirut"