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Fight construction zone road rage by breaking out in song

Mon., May 8, 2006

These are the times when people’s veins begin bulging, tempers catch fire and some drivers let frustration get the best of them.

Calming techniques are a must. And the time to think about them is before you’re stuck in road construction.

How about music? The right kind of music, that is.

A survey conducted last year by British company Privilege Insurance found that 63 percent of drivers with four or more accident-free years said that driving music soothes them.

Easy-listening, classical and indie/rock music were the genres of choice for the safest drivers. While those without four accident-free years also listened to indie/rock, they also cited dance/house and rhythm ‘n’ blues as favorite genres.

But that may not be true for all, said Diane Nahl, co-author of “Road Rage and Aggressive Driving: Steering Clear of Highway Warfare.”

“When it comes to music, there are some generalities, but there are a lot of individual differences,” Nahl said. “People respond to music in different ways. What may be calming for some people may not be for others.”

Even so, some music is definitely more conducive to calm.

“When you get to the extremes, like some rap music and heavy metal, it can just be too stimulating, and some of the lyrics can be inciting,” Nahl said.

Whatever music you listen to, feel free to sing along to relieve tension.

And if it really gets bad on the road, Nahl recommends making funny animal sounds.

The kids like it. And braying like a barnyard donkey is completely incompatible with staying mad.

Parking to be restricted

Parking underneath the Interstate 90 viaduct in downtown Spokane could get complicated in the coming week. Certain spots may be marked off-limits as crews build water-containment ponds in preparation for water-based demolition work on the freeway above.

After the project begins next Monday, certain lots and spaces may be closed temporarily.

Lane restrictions also may be in place on the freeway during evening and overnight hours for preparation work.

Get ready, Coeur d’Alene

City crews will start major summer patching and overlay work in just two weeks.

Streets on the front end of the schedule include Ramsey Road from Appleway to Prairie, 15th Street north of Wallace to Interstate 90, Hanley Avenue from Ramsey to Government Way, Dalton Avenue from Ramsey to Government Way, Seltice Way, Atlas Road from Kathleen to Prairie, Best Avenue between Fourth and 15th and Lincoln Way from Walnut to Hubbard.

Getting drunks off the road

The Maid Brigade of Spokane is taking its cleaning to the streets this month by passing out red “Choose Courage” bracelets to its clients, reminding them to drive sober.

The effort is going on nationally in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Slow going

Growing numbers of projects make it impossible to list all of them in the print edition of this newspaper. So, until the end of the construction season, “Getting There” will list the largest construction projects and new projects in the paper. Ongoing project information still is available at

Interstate 90

I-90 repairs on the Latah Creek Bridge will necessitate lane restrictions from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Expect delays. Also on I-90, sweeping and pothole repair from Maple to Broadway will cause lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. through Friday.

North Spokane

Flaggers will direct single-lane traffic on state Highway 291 near Rutter Parkway from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this week. Blasting could close the highway for 20 minutes at a time.

Haven Street is closed in Hillyard from southbound Market to northbound Market. All adjacent side streets also are closed during work hours.

South Spokane

Work to rehabilitate 29th Avenue between Southeast Boulevard and Grand Boulevard has reduced traffic to one lane in each direction, and drivers are unable to enter or exit Perry at 29th.

Spokane sweeping

Crews will sweep in northwest Spokane in the area bounded by Monroe Street, Division Street, Francis Avenue and Wellesley Avenue. In the northeast, sweeping will take place in the area bounded by Wellesley Avenue, Upriver Drive, Havana Street and Crestline Street. And on the South Hill, crews will tackle the area bounded by 14th Avenue, 29th Avenue, Grand Boulevard and Lincoln Street.

Please move cars off the streets. For more information, call (509) 456-2666.

Spokane Valley

Barker Road is closed from Boone to Euclid for road widening.

Valleyway is closed to all but local traffic during the day between Conklin and Sullivan.


Prairie Avenue remains under construction between Ramsey and Huetter.

Construction on Lancaster Road between Government Way and Strahorn may cause delays.


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