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Getting There: Spokane Valley to select design following $1.2 million federal grant for Pines Road rail project

Spokane Valley is planning to select a design for its $29 million project to separate road and rail traffic on Pines Road and Trent Avenue.


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Getting There: What a Dutchman has to say about Spokane’s bicycle infrastructure after riding through town

From the perspective of a resident of the Netherlands, cycling around Spokane has its ups and downs.


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 7:14 a.m.

Getting There: Maple Street is trip down memory lane

Maple Street used to be a brick road littered with rocks that were “the grief of wheelmen and horses.” Now, it’s a street that caters to the needs of commuters …


Getting There: No more sleepy Geiger; roadwork begins with eye on Amazon

Work begins this week on a $66 million project to transform Geiger, a sleepy two-lane road on the West Plains, into a three-lane conduit for commuters to and from the …


Getting There: Danish planner may show us how bikes can be a greater part of Spokane’s future

To show what might be possible for bicycling in Spokane, City Councilman Breean Beggs has brought Troels Andersen, a Danish cycling planner, to Spokane to help lead discussions this week …


Getting There: Valley’s wish list coincides with federal infrastructure deal

The city of Spokane Valley decided on the top four transportation projects it wants federal funding for on the same day President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats agreed to pursue …


Getting There: Do more cars mean better business?

Retailers on Sprague say a drop in traffic has reduced sales. But a county commissioner says the connection isn’t entirely there.


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 6:29 a.m.

Getting There: Airway Heights officials hope roundabout on eastern edge will help recreate a downtown

Roundabout, median projects on U.S. 2 aim to restore Airway Heights’ small-town feel and its pre-highway days.


Getting There: Congestion pricing isn’t coming to Spokane, but these roads aren’t free and never were

A wake-up call is coming to Manhattan motorists in the form of “congestion pricing.” Will this be Spokane’s future someday or just a dose of needed reality about the hodgepodge …


Getting There: Artists-in-residence explore what defines Washington transportation

Two artists-in-residence hired by the state aim to bring a creative touch to Washington’s transportation goals, such as alternatives to single-motorist commuting.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 11:07 a.m.

Getting There: High-tech mapping of potholes will help city manage streets

Snowmelt reveals many things. The first crocus, tulips and daffodil blossoms of spring. The trash and dog poop that people left behind, thinking somehow the snow would make those left-behinds …


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 9:34 a.m.

Getting There: Emissions tests will disappear, but accountability gains traction

Washington state lawmakers are considering new laws and taxes to lower pollution as vehicle emissions testing ends this year.


Getting There: Central City Line plans closer to reality

This is the year of the Central City Line. No, you won’t see the sleek electric buses running between Browne’s Addition and Spokane Community College through downtown Spokane until 2021. …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 9:51 a.m.

Getting There: Rails-to-Trails idea joins Washington, Washington, D.C.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has hatched a plan to create a “safe, seamless and scenic pathway” connecting Washington state to Washington, D.C. As the group’s name suggests, it will rely on …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 6:33 a.m.

Getting There: Six big road projects that could smooth (or beautify) your commute in Spokane this year

This year, the city of Spokane will spend $15.2 million on six notable transportation projects in 2019.



Getting There: Lighting up the dark spots on Spokane’s roadways

Governing magazine this month examined data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, showing that between 2010 and 2017, annual nighttime pedestrian and cyclist deaths climbed 46 percent in the …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, noon

Getting There: The curious case of Benjamin Burr

Critics have skewered the unimaginative name of the University District Gateway Bridge. And let’s be honest, “Centennial Trail” does nothing to describe the 61 miles of paved trail that follows …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 7:26 a.m.

Getting There: Local transportation officials fear ‘ripple effect’ from ongoing federal shutdown

It’s been more than a week since the federal government went dark.


Getting There: Ever wonder how Santa logs all those miles in a night?

Christmas is upon us, and on this eve of all eves, there is just one question on everyone’s mind: What kind of rig does the man in red drive?


Getting There: The weird machines of Spokane’s past

Now that Lime and its electric scooters have come and gone, Spokane is back to being overrun with boring, old vehicles. You know the type: Sedans. Trucks. BMX bikes.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 7:08 a.m.

Getting There: Near completion but yet unfinished, two major street projects go to rest for the winter

Next year, motorists and cyclists alike will have two new routes leading to Spokane’s core – one a revamped piece of history, the other a new road where none existed …


Getting There: The steep climb from Poverty Flats to Peaceful Valley

Residents of Peaceful Valley whose commutes have been disrupted by roadwork these past several months may take solace in the earlier chapters of their neighborhood’s history, when residents faced far …


Getting There: Lose the studded tires

Another hysterical Chicken Little has joined the chorus against studded tires: the Washington State Department of Transportation.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Getting There: The winter gear you need as you climb Sherman Pass on your way to Thanksgiving dinner

Not much is known about the first Thanksgiving, despite the myths we’ve built up around the holiday celebrating gratitude, friends, family and fall.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 7:45 a.m.

Getting There: Yielding and merging onto freeway aren’t the same. (You should know with changes coming to I-90.)

Little known fact: Those yield signs that motorists face when joining highway traffic? They mean yield.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 12:23 p.m.

Getting There: The future of pavement

Seers don’t generally gaze into the pavement to tell the future. Such visions are better found in a crystal ball, the bottom of a tea cup or in the palm …


Getting There: Big changes coming to Bigelow Gulch Road

Say hello to the Bigelow Gulch Urban Connector. Or at least, the beginning of the connector.


Getting There: High Drive redo echoes vision of its early planners

From forested parkway to South Hill “highway,” High Drive has been it all.


Getting There: Jim Frank buys 1,600 bus passes for Kendall Yards workers, residents

When Jim Frank describes why he’s giving free bus passes to everyone who lives or works in his fast-growing, 78-acre downtown development, Kendall Yards, it’s hard not to be jealous …