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‘Lego’ cells buried beneath West Central sidewalks as part of stormwater project

So-called “Silva Cells,” chambers of fluffy soil and air used to store stormwater, are being constructed with plastic frames beneath several intersections in the historic West Central neighborhood. They’re part …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

Spokane water denied to Five Mile Prairie land owner who sold land for pump station

City lawmakers say their hands are tied by local and state regulations that limit where they can extend water service. Ginny Beadle’s application was denied, despite part of her land …


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 9:05 a.m.

Spokane residents could save up to $500 on utility bill for reducing yard turf

In a move aimed at reducing the amount of water residents use to irrigate their lawns during the dusty summer months, the city of Spokane is offering an annual rebate …


Scott Windsor removal as head of Spokane’s garbage collection efforts draws City Council ire

A “leadership change” was cited as the reason for Scott Windsor’s removal after 10 years as head of the city’s solid waste management. Spokane City Council members said Monday night …


Spokane pays $36,300 fine to state regulators following Waste-to-Energy Plant incident

The city and the Washington Department of Labor and Industries negotiated a settlement that lessens the fine to the city for safety violations found following the incident Oct. 4, 2016, …


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 9:52 a.m.

Proposal floated to close more of Monroe Street, speed up city ‘road diet’ project

A road construction firm that is building one of two sections of the new three-lane North Monroe Corridor is considering closing more blocks of the street in what they hope …


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: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 1:15 p.m.

Spokane’s 2018 budget delayed by City Council over concerns in Public Works division

A unanimous City Council on Monday delayed a vote on next year’s spending plan three weeks to get more information about the proposed movement to City Hall of six city …


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

Spokane residents asked to weigh in on city’s snowplow plan

The city posted an online survey Tuesday asking residents to rank their priorities on snow removal strategies, including whether officials call an all-city plow quickly enough during snowstorms. The City …


UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017, 10:52 p.m.

Spokane fined $59,400 for safety failures at Waste-to-Energy plant after workers burned

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries released a report Friday citing Spokane with 10 serious safety code violations, including a failure to train and properly equip employees working inside …


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

Spokane looks to revise snowplow plan after brutal winter

City officials plan to scrutinize Spokane snow plow policies after a tough winter that left streets an icy rutted mess and led to scores of complaints.


City to use utilities funds for street projects

The city of Spokane owns about 45 percent of the property within its borders, including parks, plants, lots and government buildings. And more than half of the land it owns …


Spokane begins its construction ‘busy season’

Before you get angry that a section of Northwest Boulevard will be closed for an entire year, count to 10. Actually, count to 43, because that’s how many city of …


Condon proposes panel to discuss jobs training

With $500 million of public works projects scheduled during the next five years, Spokane Mayor David Condon has a plan to create a qualified local workforce to help in construction. …


Council passes public works project apprentice requirement

Almost 200 people packed the Spokane City Council chambers and Chase Gallery on Monday night for the council’s final meeting of the year. Most of them came to support an …


Spokane Valley’s peaceful atmosphere appeals to new public works director

Spokane Valley Public Works Director Eric Guth has been on duty for two weeks and he’s liking the job more than his last one. In Spokane Valley, he doesn’t have …


New roomy location

This is a busy time of year for Public Works employees in Spokane Valley. They spend their days patching holes and cracks in streets and maintaining dry wells. They have …


Yake, 90, helped reshape Spokane

The retired Spokane administrator who led the city’s engineering effort that transformed the industrialized, decaying core surrounding the Spokane Falls into a park that became the region’s central gathering spot …


Proposal for school modernization in works

OLYMPIA – Citing Depression-era public works spending as his inspiration, a House lawmaker on Monday proposed borrowing $3 billion to modernize schools and university buildings across the state. “We’re going …


City plugging old meters as gifts

Once a tool more to the Grinch’s liking, the city of Spokane is betting its supplies of mothballed parking meters will spread joy this holiday season. The street department will …


Lincoln Bridge Unveiled New Span Will Revolutionize Downtown, City Officials Say

Design firm’s rendering of the proposed Lincoln Street bridge looking from the Monroe Street Bridge.