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I-90 overpass at University Road?

The city of Spokane Valley is doing a study on whether it should put in some sort of I-90 orverpass at University Road. Residents are invited to come to a public meeting tonight to discuss whether an overpass is needed and if it should serve pedestrians, cyclists, cars or all three. Any such project would be years away, but this is your chance to speak up about whether an overpass is needed or not.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Spokane Valley Fire Department Administration Building, located at 2120 N. Wilbur Road next to Fire Station 8.

Chunk missing from overpass

The driver of an oversized load apparently forgot to double check his math yesterday and wacked the Flora overpass on westbound I-90. He hit it hard enough to rip off a chuck of concrete more than a foot wide and three inches deep, according to a report emailed by the Washington State Patrol. The truck is owned by Conmat Inc. in Hayden Lake, Idaho.

The Washington Department of Transportation immediately sent out a crew to inspect the bridge, said DOT eastern region spokesman Al Gilson. In addition to checking the integrity of the bridge the crew was also looking for loosened debris that might fall on the road or passing cars. "The bridge is structurally sound," Gilson said. "There was some rebar damage."

Crews will repair the damage soon, Gilson said. As is standard practice, either the truck driver or the company he works for will have to pay the bill. "We'll send an invoice out to them," Gilson said.