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UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 3:10 p.m.

Christmas in July: Festive Mayor David Condon announces new driveway gates for city’s snow plows

Spokane will bring its total of driveway-clearing gates on its snow removal vehicles to 16 this winter, which won’t completely eliminate driveway berms within city limits but should reduce their …


‘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., 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 …


The view from the alley: On the garbage beat with Spokane’s swampers

Though much of the act of garbage collection has been automated in the City of Spokane, a handful of crews still collect waste the old-fashioned way - by hand. A …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Winter storm set to blanket Spokane on Thursday with 3 to 7 inches of snow

The Spokane region is due for another round of a wet, white shellacking – just in time for New Year’s weekend.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 12:08 p.m.

Snow plows to roll through Spokane neighborhoods Tuesday

Residents are asked to move their cars to the odd side of the street to allow snow plows to pass. More snow is expected later this week, with the best …


Browne’s Addition residents, visitors asked to move vehicles next week to aid leaf pickup

Crews working their way through town to clear the streets of fallen leaves will hit the historic neighborhood next week, prompting the city’s request for motorists to move off the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Cost overruns prompt request for additional $250,000 for Lincoln and Monroe downtown paving project

The Spokane City Council will be asked to add an additional quarter of a million dollars to the two-year paving project that caused headaches for downtown businesses and pedestrians. The …


Spokane officials balk at billing for sidewalk snow clearing

The proposal, which has been tabled for this snow season, would have allowed the city to hire crews to clear trouble areas near schools and businesses. Officials also say they …


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 …


Spokane will plow neighborhood streets sooner under new snow removal plan in the works

Full city plows would occur when an inch or two of snow is on the ground, compared to the six that was required under old plans. The plowing would be …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 6:52 p.m.

Spokane adds two pothole trailers to fleet, doubling response following harsh winter

The trailers will be pulled by existing trucks owned by the Streets Department, which has already filled close to 4,000 potholes this year. The new equipment will allow the city …


Editorial: Beggs, Dunau should advance in council race

Breann Beggs has achieved important accomplishments, though we worry about his political activism. Andy Dunau, who is supported by former council members Mike Allen and Steve Salvatori, evinces a thoughtful, …


Then and Now: Stevens Street Extension

Before the 1960s, Stevens Street only went up the South Hill to Seventh Avenue, blocked by the cliff above and the expansive estate of Daniel Corbin, which was purchased by …


UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017, 10:18 a.m.

Spokane drivers who struck potholes get few payouts as city makes record investment on road maintenance

The firm reviewing legal claims against the city for damage caused by potholes denied 101 of 103 claims made in the month of February. Mayor David Condon said he understands …


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

Spokane adds $1 million in street repairs to already busy construction season

The city of Spokane plans to spend an extra $1 million to repair arterial streets damaged by this year’s cold, wet winter.


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 …


New Spokane streets director battles floods, potholes and snow; earns council’s approval

Wild weather has led to a plethora of problems for Spokane’s streets. Solving them became Gary Kaesemeyer’s job earlier this year, and the City Council recognized his work Monday by …


Spokane’s worst roads: Find out how your street ranks

When venturing outside in the aftermath of winter, notice the fresh crop of tire-eating potholes marring city streets. Griping about Spokane’s pavement is a topic that can unite newcomers, lifelong …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 7:14 a.m.

Ousted streets director Serbousek pegged to return to old job as bridge engineer

Public Works Director Scott Simmons said Mark Serbousek’s expertise in bridge design and construction is needed as Spokane looks to build and maintain several high-profile spans in the city limits. …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 4:27 p.m.

Ousted Spokane street director writing reports on improving city streets while officials determine future

Mark Serbousek is preparing reports for Public Works Director Scott Simmons on how things could be performed differently in the streets department, a city spokeswoman said Wednesday. Serbousek was relieved …


100 years ago in Spokane: Under city official’s plan, all streets would be numbered and Division would be Sixth Street East

A city commissioner floated a plan to “abolish street names in the city and to substitute numbers and points of the compass.” He said it would “simplify the street naming …


Melting snow will stress Spokane’s in-progress stormwater system

With rain and temperatures in the 40s forecasted next week, the amount of melting snow will likely cause sewer overflows into the Spokane River. But the city is pushing forward …


Garco Construction in line to build University District pedestrian bridge for $9.5 million

Garco Construction, which has already completed several multimillion-dollar public works projects throughout Spokane, entered the low bid to build a pedestrian bridge in the University District. Some have criticized the …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Pristine streets, Jan. 1, 1941


Stormwater tanks, green spaces and traffic blockages headed downtown in 2017

City workers will begin installing two massive subterranean tanks to retain stormwater beginning early next year in downtown, part of ongoing efforts to clean up the Spokane River. The work …


Downtown construction of Lincoln and Monroe streets will be completed next year

A single layer of asphalt will be laid down on Lincoln and Monroe streets downtown to allow full traffic flow during the winter, following a busy summer that left some …


Appeals court: Spokane can’t exempt veterans or poor seniors from street tax

The City of Spokane’s attempt not to raise taxes on roughly 4,700 property owners who are elderly and disabled military veterans was shot down by a divided Court of Appeals …


Spokane’s pothole hysteria is outdated

It’s the rallying cry of every critic of anything in Spokane city government: Why don’t they just fix the streets? Suing Monsanto? Why don’t they fix the streets? Passing a …


Extended MLK Way will connect University District with downtown

This year, the city will complete the second phase of the MLK Way project, which will stretch from Sherman Avenue – the future location of the planned University District bicycle …