Stories tagged: infrastructure
Mon., June 18, 2018
Getting There: Ditch the car and meet your neighbors – Summer Parkways is Thursday
Every Sunday and every holiday since 1974, Bogotá, Colombia, closes 76 miles of streets. No cars go on these Andean roads these days, but every other type of “human-powered transportation” …
UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 7:45 p.m.
Spokane has potholes. Domino’s Pizza has a grant to fill them.
Domino’s Pizza canceled its “30 minutes or less” guarantee five years ago. Was the move prompted by the potholes along our nation’s obstacle course-like roadways?
Thu., May 31, 2018
Survey: East Sprague respondents support pedestrian bridge construction, fewer travel lanes
Property owners and business people on East Sprague Avenue agree: They want fewer lanes on the road. A recent city of Spokane survey found that owners on Sprague between Bernard …
Mon., May 21, 2018
Getting There: Snags emerge in downtown’s east end development
With yet another delay in the trial between the city and the owner of Brown Building Materials over the city’s push to condemn a piece of Brown’s land and take …
Mon., April 23, 2018
Getting There: Spokane is booming. Time to figure out parking.
The last time the city of Spokane did a parking study might as well have been 1,000 years ago. It was 2010. There was no Kendall Yards. There was no …
UPDATED: Sun., April 8, 2018, 12:34 p.m.
Truck meets bridge: The story behind Spokane’s much-scarred overpasses
struggle plays out frequently in downtown Spokane – about once every three months on Stevens Street, in fact. Below that 11-foot-6-inch railway viaduct you can watch the conflict in real …
Thu., April 5, 2018, 6 a.m.
Major renovation, expansion planned for Spokane International Airport
Spokane International Airport officials are moving forward with a $130 million reconstruction project to meet passenger growth by expanding terminals, remodeling security checkpoints and adding a central baggage claim hall.
Sat., March 31, 2018
The tallest man in Spokane: Talking shop with the operator of downtown’s tower crane
Wally Forbush, 56, is a tower crane operator, and if you’ve been downtown in the last month, you’ve probably seen him at work.
UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Trump emerging from seclusion to promote infrastructure plan
Attempting a policy reset, President Donald Trump will push for upgrades to the nation’s aging roads and bridges Thursday in his first public appearance since an adult-film actress claimed on …
UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 10 p.m.
Community members weigh in on proposed Barker Road roundabout
Spokane Valley community members voiced opinions on a proposed roundabout for the Barker Road grade separation project at a council meeting Tuesday.
UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 9:30 p.m.
With 5G infrastructure, Spokane Valley prepares for a faster, more interconnected future
Spokane Valley is laying down groundwork to support fifth generation wireless communication technology.
UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 9:19 a.m.
Spokane Valley faces shortfalls in road maintenance budget
Spokane Valley has a reputation for keeping its roads in good condition. But now, with its funding for road preservation in decline, city officials may have to look at raising …
Fri., March 2, 2018
Spokane Valley council members fear amendment from Rep. Matt Shea could imperil Barker Road bridge project
An amendment put forth by Rep. Matt Shea for the Washington State Senate 2017-19 transportation budget could potentially put the Spokane Valley’s Barker Road grade separation project in jeopardy.
Mon., Feb. 26, 2018
BNSF to double track on line linking Spokane Valley to Hauser, Idaho
As part of its 2018 capital expenditure plan to invest $160 million for infrastructure improvements in Washington state, BNSF Railway Co. is planning to upgrade its rail lines by installing …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 2:32 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Infrastructure, eh?
We could learn a few things from our cousins in Canada about designing and building infrastructure.
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 7:25 p.m.
Trump calls for $200 billion for infrastructure spending nationwide; Washington needs $140 billion
Washington’s roads and bridges need nearly $140 billion in investments, but it’s unclear what Eastern Washington could get out of President Trump’s infrastructure plan.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 7:33 a.m.
Testifying before Senate committee, heads of NW energy companies say region major player in future of energy
Philip Mezey, president and CEO of Liberty Lake-based energy and resource management giant Itron, spoke before a full committee hearing on energy infrastructure Thursday.
Mon., Jan. 29, 2018
Getting There: Top road construction projects of 2018
Spokane’s five key road construction projects this year cover a lot of ground: complete road renovations to new bikeways on an old highway to an interesting pilot project done in …
Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 1:38 p.m.
Potholes ahead for Trump’s upcoming public works proposal
The Trump administration will soon release its long-anticipated public works plan, trying to fulfill a campaign pledge but set to fall short of some ambitious goals.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 9:52 a.m.
Iraq, GE sign $400 million deal for power infrastructure
BAGHDAD – Iraq and General Electric have signed a deal to develop Iraq’s power infrastructure, which would help bring much-needed electricity to areas facing significant shortages across the country. GE …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
NTSB: Amtrak’s lax safety culture led to crash that killed 2
A federal investigation into what caused a speeding Amtrak train to slam into a backhoe last year near Philadelphia, killing two maintenance workers, already has found evidence of a lax …
Thu., Oct. 5, 2017
Plans for parking garage move forward at Wonder Bread building
Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 3:39 p.m.
Trump’s planned building boom bumps up against worker shortage
President Donald Trump’s plan to boost the economy with millions of jobs rebuilding roads, bridges and ports has a snag, the construction industry says: There aren’t nearly enough skilled workers …
Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 2:21 p.m.
Trump’s path to boosting infrastructure full of potholes
President Donald Trump has yet to release a plan despite his campaign pledge to create jobs by building bigger and better transportation and other types of infrastructure projects.
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 7:53 p.m.
Canada’s infrastructure projects take off while U.S. plans sputter
Six weeks ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traveled to Montreal to announce that his government would be investing 1.3 billion Canadian dollars in a new commuter train network for the …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 9:42 a.m.
Beneath the asphalt: Spokane’s historic brick streets endure the decades
The oldest brick streets – likely the oldest streets in Spokane – run for just two blocks on Madison Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues and from Eighth to Ninth …
Sat., June 17, 2017
Outside View: Nation can build toward better climate policy
A more realistic environmental agenda – one that allows Trump and his Republican allies in Congress to remain true to conservative principles – is not hard to imagine.
Fri., June 9, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Trump pledges to make US infrastructure ‘envy of the world’
President Donald Trump ended a week dedicated to modernizing U.S. highways, railways and rivers with a thud.
UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 10:44 p.m.
Trump promises ‘first-class’ infrastructure system for U.S.
Dogged by allegations in Washington, President Donald Trump traveled to friendlier territory Wednesday and promised to create a “first-class” system of roads, bridges and waterways by using $200 billion in …
Tue., June 6, 2017, 9:56 a.m.
Trump infrastructure push faces cold shoulder from Congress
Repairing the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges was supposed to be an area ripe for bipartisan compromise between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump. Instead, Democrats are panning Trump’s proposed …