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UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

New Costco store opens Friday north of Spokane with more workers, more floorspace and a roundabout

The building’s built, the roundabout’s ready and the new Costco warehouse store north of Spokane will open this Friday at 8 a.m.


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 11:33 a.m.

Bike lanes and bus stops set to change Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane

Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane will look very different soon, with fewer lanes, redesigned transit stops and bikeways the likes of which Spokane has never seen.


Getting There: City settles on revamp plan for Lincoln St./Main Ave. intersection

After mulling over a handful of options, the city has settled on a plan for how the intersection of Lincoln Street and Main Avenue will look once work on the …


Getting There: Hamilton Street on-ramp closure just a blip in bridge’s uneven history

If you’re one of the 5,200 people who rely on the Hamilton Street bridge’s westbound on-ramp to I-90 on a daily basis, you’ll need to find a detour for the …


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.


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.


Getting There: City eyes ordinance to strip parking requirements in some parts of town

The City Council is considering an ordinance that would do away with parking requirements for developers of apartment buildings and condos in certain parts of town.


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?


Getting There: Other Washington cities show more progress in fleet electrification than Spokane

In 2007, Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a law that said cities, counties and other local governments and entities had to switch their vehicle fleets to run solely on …


Getting There: Polite merging is slowing us all down

When it comes to merging, the aggressive motorist usually wins the day, jamming his way into place, cutting ahead of patient and defensive drivers and reinforcing the idea that they …


Memorial Day weekend brings more traffic, higher gas price and warm weather

Highways, border crossings and ferry docks in Washington are likely to clog with traffic for Memorial Day weekend – travelers, plan accordingly.


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’s bike scene still has a ways to ride

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the bikeways in Spokane need to level up.


Get free coffee, pizza and swag during Spokane’s Bike to Work Week

Start with the pancakes and end with a beer. That’s right, Monday starts Bike to Work week.


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 11:17 p.m.

Expect street closures downtown this weekend

Downtown traffic will be a little dicey Saturday, as many streets will be temporarily closed for the annual Junior Lilac Parade. Construction near the Spokane Convention Center, which is hosting …


Getting There: Though long past its heyday, the Felts Field ‘aeroport’ still serves its city’s planes

Just a few years after it was named Felts Field, Spokane’s first municipal airport was bragging about its great and swift business.


Then and Now: The steel Monroe Street Bridge, 1892-1909

The first Monroe Street bridge, built by Spokane Cable Railway and partners, cost $42,000 and opened in 1889. Two other iterations followed, the last being the concrete bridge we see …


UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018, 10:16 a.m.

E. Susan Meyer keeps the buses running on time at Spokane Transit Authority

It’s Bloomsday, which means thousands of local residents will participate in an activity they do only once a year – riding a Spokane Transit Authority bus.


Getting There: Imagining the highways and byways of tomorrow

The future is connected.


Shawn Vestal: Support the North Monroe project – have breakfast or get a haircut

Businesses along North Monroe could use some extra customers during these next few months with the big road reconstruction project now underway.


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 …


New roundabout and bridge to be built on Trent as part of U-District road project

A new roundabout, followed by a bridge replacement project, will disrupt the commute of about 11,000 drivers daily using Trent Avenue east of downtown during the next year.


Getting There: This week, spare a thought for the folks in orange

This week, April 9 to 13, is National Work Zone Safety Week. While motorists should always be extra vigilant when people are near traffic lanes, this week is the time …


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 …


UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018, 6:11 p.m.

Amtrak grades host railroads for delays to passenger service

In terms of causing fewer train delays, Amtrak’s host railroads in the Pacific Northwest performed pretty well last year, especially compared with other companies around the United States and Canada.


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.


UPDATED: Wed., April 4, 2018, 2:34 p.m.

Seattle mayor proposes road tolls for downtown streets

Seattle is looking at road tolls for downtown streets as part of a broader initiative to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Wednesday.


Monroe Street work begins next week as road construction season kicks off

The lane reduction project, which has sparked some controversy along the 1.1-mile stretch of road leading from Spokane’s downtown to the Garland District, is scheduled to begin work next week. …


Transportation projects in Spokane area poised to benefit from federal spending bill

The federal spending bill President Donald Trump signed last week plowed billions more dollars into transportation projects such as public transit, highways and rail, including some local projects in the …