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Highway, bridge tolls could be in works

Folks in Spokane rejoiced when the toll was taken off the Maple Street Bridge 15 years ago. Traffic on the bridge jumped almost immediately.

But the days of tolls may return to Spokane.

The Washington State Transportation Commission is now studying the feasibility of applying tolls to some Washington highways and bridges.

Two projects now under way — the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and some special lanes on Highway 167 in Western Washington — already have the authority to require tolls when they open. Could a toll be applied in the future to the North Spokane Corridor, too?

So far state legislation isn’t requiring the commission to study the possibility of adding tolls to that particular project.

The only projects specifically on the list are three Seattle area projects — the Alaska Way Viaduct, the Highway 520 floating bridge and Interstate 405 special lanes — and the Cross Base Highway in Pierce County.

But the study is also looking into the possibility of tolls for other state projects as well as public attitudes toward tolling.

Halloween safety

AAA is urging parents and motorists to take care on Halloween.

All those little penguins, superheroes and princesses will be too hopped up on sugar and the excitement of Halloween to be looking out for cars.

In fact, a sobering Centers for Disease Control report estimates that kids are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.

So parents, make sure your kids are accompanied, carrying or wearing something with a light or reflectors and free of masks that might obscure their vision.

AAA is giving out treat bags at its offices this month with more trick-or-treat safety tips.

Kids’ safety, take 2

School bus drivers are getting better at their jobs.

The Washington State Patrol reports that collisions caused by school bus drivers dropped from 55 in the first half of 2004 to 33 in the first half of 2005.

They credit school bus driver classes for part of the improvement.

Fair warning

The Spokane Police Department will be conducting a traffic patrol this week along the Ash-Maple corridor.

Officers will be concentrating on drivers between Boone and Francis avenues.

It seems that speeds have picked up in this area since the city completed resurfacing the roadway.

Speeders, red-light-runners and other traffic-law violators be warned: The police are looking for you.

Slow going

Westbound Interstate 90 will be reduced to two lanes Wednesday morning near Freya while crews install a new sign structure.

Medical Lake-Four Lakes Road is under construction between Highway 904 and Craig Road. Expect delays.

Crestline Street will be closed this week between Brooklyn and Eddy avenues for work on a fuel line.

This project was postponed last week.

First Avenue is scheduled to be closed between Post and Wall this week for water work.

Lindeke Street is closed at 14th Avenue.

Greene Street is now paved near Spokane Community College, but some striping work remains.

West Chattaroy Road is closed from North Road to Perry Road.

Regal Street is still under construction from 38th Avenue to the Palouse Highway.

The Palouse Highway is closed from Valley Chapel Road to Dunn Road.

A detour is in place.

Hays Road Bridge between Kentuck Trails Road and Prairie View will be closed until next summer.

Thierman Road is closed from Sprague to the north for sewer work.

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