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Tuesday, March 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 9:34 a.m.

Getting There: Emissions tests will disappear, but accountability gains traction

Washington state lawmakers are considering new laws and taxes to lower pollution as vehicle emissions testing ends this year.


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

Spokane to offer free STA bus passes to those receiving homeless assistance

The Spokane City Council abruptly voted Thursday to set aside $30,000 in the city’s budget to purchase the passes, which supporters said is necessary to provide transportation options for those …


Parking study: Spokane should create “premium” parking zone with meter rates of up to $5 per hour

The Spokane parking study suggestion that may cause the most heartburn among motorists urges the city to increase on-street hourly rates.


Study calls for removal of left-turn barrier on 29th at Pittsburg, more street connections on South Hill

A traffic study of 29th Avenue on Spokane’s South Hill recommends removing a center lane barrier at Pittsburg Street and extending Crestline Street to connect with Southeast Boulevard.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 11:12 a.m.

Road crews battle giant snowdrifts on state Highway 27

In a hard-fought victory over Mother Nature, road crews removed enough snow and ice to reopen a stretch of state Highway 27 north of Latah on Tuesday.


Interstate 90, state Route 902 to Medical Lake will get roundabouts, DOT says

The Washington Department of Transportation plans to start in June the construction of multiple roundabouts on both sides of the Interstate 90 freeway where it intersects with Highway 902 to …


Survey: Most Oregon, Washington drivers OK with roundabouts

Most Pacific Northwesterners feel perfectly confident navigating roundabouts, according to a new poll of Oregon and Washington drivers from PEMCO Insurance, it’s just the other guy who needs to learn …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:25 p.m.

Bike sharing may be back this spring with new rules

City leaders hope to bring bike sharing back to Spokane by spring, but with a new set of rules for both companies and riders.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:12 p.m.

Getting There: 6 big transportation projects Spokane Valley plans to finish in 2019

Barker, Garland, Argonne are among the larger projects Spokane Vally will finish this year.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 7:14 a.m.

Driving a plow can get stressful – especially when mad driveway shovelers go to extremes

Shoveling snow from sidewalks can be a tough job, but for Spokane County plow drivers, removing it from the roads presents even greater challenges.


Spokane Valley speeds plow times and considers snow gates

Although Spokane Valley’s roads may be cleared of snow faster this winter as the city speeds up plowing operations, it could mean more snow on the sidewalks.


Here are the big Spokane County road projects for 2019 – including new roundabouts

Construction is expected to be underway this spring for several major Spokane County road projects, including Geiger Boulevard.


County adds two snow gates to fleet; more possible if cost saving from mild winter continues

Spokane County residents will soon see fewer snow berms in their driveways with the addition of two snow gates to the county’s fleet of graders.


Getting There: Spokane didn’t just follow suit and rename a street for MLK – it built a new one

Last month, with little forewarning, Martin Luther King Jr. Way finally opened for its full stretch, from Division Street to Trent Avenue.


Getting There: Lighting up the dark spots on Spokane’s roadways

Governing magazine this month examined data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, showing that between 2010 and 2017, annual nighttime pedestrian and cyclist deaths climbed 46 percent in the …


Another roundabout planned for Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley is about to get another roundabout. This time road construction crews will build the roundabout at the Barker Road and I-90 interchange.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, noon

Getting There: The curious case of Benjamin Burr

Critics have skewered the unimaginative name of the University District Gateway Bridge. And let’s be honest, “Centennial Trail” does nothing to describe the 61 miles of paved trail that follows …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 7:26 a.m.

Getting There: Local transportation officials fear ‘ripple effect’ from ongoing federal shutdown

It’s been more than a week since the federal government went dark.


Getting There: Ever wonder how Santa logs all those miles in a night?

Christmas is upon us, and on this eve of all eves, there is just one question on everyone’s mind: What kind of rig does the man in red drive?


Getting There: The weird machines of Spokane’s past

Now that Lime and its electric scooters have come and gone, Spokane is back to being overrun with boring, old vehicles. You know the type: Sedans. Trucks. BMX bikes.


Spokane Valley to replace Pines Road rail crossing with underpass

After Spokane Valley successfully secured $19 million for the Barker Road project to construct an overpass separating vehicle and rail traffic, the city is now setting its sights on improving …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 7:08 a.m.

Getting There: Near completion but yet unfinished, two major street projects go to rest for the winter

Next year, motorists and cyclists alike will have two new routes leading to Spokane’s core – one a revamped piece of history, the other a new road where none existed …


Paul Turner: The trick to Spokane winter driving

Spokane doesn’t have the hardest winters around. But we do have some of the trickiest winter driving.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 1:21 p.m.

Geiger Boulevard will get turning lane, new pavement, pedestrian and bike trail in preparation for Amazon

The federal government awarded Spokane County $14.3 million Thursday for a project to improve Geiger Boulevard in front of the Amazon fulfillment center being built just west of the city.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

With a doubling of traffic in 30 years, vehicles on I-90 in Spokane far exceed original design standards

Interstate 90 was designed to carry 50,000 vehicles on an average day. Today the busy highway cutting through Spokane carries 120,000 vehicles a day.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

Spokane city planners back controversial road through South Hill housing project; developer plans to fight

Jim Frank of Greenstone Homes, the firm behind the Kendall Yards development and a similar project proposed for the South Hill at 29th Avenue and Southeast Boulevard on the South …


Getting There: The steep climb from Poverty Flats to Peaceful Valley

Residents of Peaceful Valley whose commutes have been disrupted by roadwork these past several months may take solace in the earlier chapters of their neighborhood’s history, when residents faced far …


Getting There: Lose the studded tires

Another hysterical Chicken Little has joined the chorus against studded tires: the Washington State Department of Transportation.


Interstate 90 east closed near Snoqualmie Pass due to spinouts

Authorities have closed Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass because of vehicles spinouts in snowy conditions.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Getting There: The winter gear you need as you climb Sherman Pass on your way to Thanksgiving dinner

Not much is known about the first Thanksgiving, despite the myths we’ve built up around the holiday celebrating gratitude, friends, family and fall.