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Be prepared for this area’s disasters

Anyone watching Hurricane Katrina’s victims struggling in New Orleans, Gulfport and Biloxi can’t help but wonder: “What would I do if that happened to my family?”

In addition to the need to stock up on food and water, one of the things that hit “Getting There” is how important it is to make sure your vehicle is fueled and in working order.

Though this area is not at risk of major disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and large earthquakes, there is the threat of wildfire.

That means we all should be ready to leave our homes at a moment’s notice.

So take care of your car and find out if any of your neighbors don’t have their own transportation, so you’ll know who’ll need your help getting to a safe place.

Ferris traffic jams

Construction on Regal Street could throw students arriving at Ferris High School and Adams Elementary School for a loop in coming weeks.

Because the south parking lot entrance at Ferris will be closed at times, Spokane Public Schools officials are asking students and parents to drop students off at the north ramp, previously used by buses.

Students also should expect some traffic jams at the west and north entrances because the south side will be impassable.

Across the street at Adams Elementary, parents should drop off and pick up students on 36th Avenue.

Fair warning

Spokane traffic police have their minds on the new school year, too. They will be patrolling areas around grade schools this week, making sure children get to and from school safely.

Pay attention to school zone speeds and crosswalks. The excited kids on their way to and from school this week may not be looking out for cars.

Slow going

Division and Ruby streets are being resurfaced from the Spokane River to Euclid Avenue. Most work will take place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Business access will remain open.

The Washington Department of Transportation is resurfacing Division and the Newport Highway from just north of Francis Avenue to Center Road. Most work will occur between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Nevada Street will be closed Wednesday through Friday between U.S. Highway 2 and Hawthorne Road.

Work to install fiber-optic cable and traffic cameras for Interstate 90 will affect Jefferson and Maple streets from Third Avenue to I-90. Expect lane restrictions and sidewalk closures.

Roundabout construction at Bruce Road and Mount Spokane Park Drive is causing delays. Tractor-trailers may not be able to make it through because of the limited space.

Trent Avenue sewer work could affect traffic between Barker and Flora roads.

Expect lane closures on the Argonne Bridge. A detour is in place at Argonne Road from Old Argonne Road to Bigelow Gulch.

Maple Street is closed from Francis to Wellesley avenues. Traffic is being detoured to Monroe Street.

Country Homes Boulevard is under construction from Cedar to Division. Expect detours.

Greene Street is reduced to one lane in each direction between Mission Avenue and the Spokane River bridge.

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

A Street is closed between Wellesley and Hoffman, but crews are expected to finish constructing the roundabout this week.

Park Road is under construction from Second to Eighth avenues.

The Palouse Highway is closed from Valley Chapel Road to Dunn Road. A detour is in place.

Spokane County is making repairs to these roads this week: Tuesday, Malvern from its north end to Morris, Strong Road from Malvern to its west end, Rambo from U.S. Highway 2 to Deno; Wednesday, Rambo from Deno to Euclid, Surry Street from Wrangler to Buckboard; and Thursday, Buckboard from Dover to its west end, Wrangler from Surry to Buckboard.

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