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Parks storage facility to get $1.1 million renovation

Walking through the Riverfront Park maintenance building is like passing through a cross section of history, with oddities from the park’s past tucked into every corner. Here, the Skyride gondolas …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Union says STA report clearing HR director is ‘deeply troubling’

The president of the union representing workers at Spokane Transit Authority said a report clearing the agency’s human resources director of wrongdoing is “deeply troubling as an indication of STA’s …


At groundbreaking, officials say Catalyst Building will be smartest ever built

The official groundbreaking ceremony for Avista’s five story, 150,000-square-foot “Catalyst” building took place Wednesday morning, with declarations that the project will be the “envy of the nation” and the “smartest …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 7:37 a.m.

Many voices, differing opinions as question of downtown stadium dominates school board meeting

The shadow of a downtown stadium loomed large over a packed meeting where the Spokane City Council was scheduled to consider only taxes for new libraries.


More than 700 respond to second Riverside Avenue redesign survey; city hopes to clarify public input

Friday marked the deadline for the city’s most recent survey, the second regarding renovation of Riverside Avenue. Just hours before the survey closed, it had gathered more than 700 responses, …


Getting There: Prominent urban thinker gives Spokane transportation a mixed grade

Brent Toderian, a former city planner in Vancouver, B.C., and Calgary, as well as a prominent urban thinker and consultant, shared his perspective on Spokane’s infrastructure last week.


Spokane to consider extending water service to Indian Trail, Beacon Hill developments

Amid the threat of legal action and opposition from neighbors, the Spokane City Council will consider three applications Monday to receive city water in areas beyond municipal borders and areas …


Greenstone Homes: No arterial in proposed 25-acre South Hill development

A proposal to develop 25 acres of vacant land on Spokane’s South Hill – land that neighbors used as a defacto park for decades – is moving forward, and officials …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Hamilton’s westbound Interstate 90 on-ramp to close for repairs

For motorists who use Hamilton Street’s westbound on-ramp to I-90, mark your calendars for Halloween. Because that’s the next time you’ll get to use the road.


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 8:29 p.m.

Carl Maxey Center, a hub for local African-American community, proposed for East Central

A community center devoted to Spokane’s African-American population, and named after Carl Maxey, an icon of the local civil rights movement, has been proposed for the East Central neighborhood.


Getting There: Time to reconsider our approach to uncontrolled intersections

It’s time to expand the idea of common space to something that’s very common in the United States, even in Spokane: The uncontrolled intersection.


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

Trump’s own tariffs make it harder to rebuild infrastructure

President Donald Trump wants to rebuild the nation’s transportation infrastructure. He also wants to strengthen the U.S. steel industry through tariffs on imports. But that second goal could make it …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

New development – and more traffic – coming to Indian Trail neighborhood

A development in the Indian Trail neighborhood that caused heartburn among elected officials and neighbors more than two years ago was issued building permits last week.


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?


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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.