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Neighbors near McDonald, Eighth see uptick in crashes

Neighbors near McDonald Road and Eighth Avenue have been complaining so frequently about speeders on Eighth Avenue and crashes in the intersection, that the Public Works Department examined what’s going on.

Barker Road rezone request draws ire

The Spokane Valley Planning Commission meeting went into overtime last week because dozens of people had shown up to protest the rezoning of land located on the north east corner of Barker Road and East Sprague Avenue. One person spoke in favor of that rezoning and more than 30 against it.

Draft plan provokes conflict on Spokane Valley zoning

Spokane Valley residents near North Barker Road and East Sprague Avenue have been going door to door, handing out fliers alerting the neighborhood to how a proposed zoning change could turn a cow pasture into an apartment complex. “I don’t understand why we are here again,” said Stephanie Colombo, during the first public hearing on the Draft Comprehensive Plan at last week’s Spokane Valley Planning Commission meeting. “It’s a goal of this plan to maintain the integrity of the neighborhoods. This does not match our neighborhood.”

Spokane Valley seeks help funding new Sullivan bridge

The Spokane Valley City Council lobbied Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for help obtaining the final $4 million needed to replace the failing west Sullivan Road bridge over the Spokane River during a special meeting Thursday morning. “It’s basically the economic artery of our city,” said Councilman Dean Grafos. “We’re about $4 million short. Maybe you can use your influence with our state representatives.”

Spokane River cleanup set for Saturday

Hundreds of volunteers will be fanning out along the banks of the Spokane River from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday during the ninth annual Spokane River Clean-Up organized by the Friends of the Falls. Usually the effort is concentrated in the river gorge that includes People’s Park and High Bridge Park near downtown Spokane, but this year organizers have extended their reach to include several sites in the Spokane Valley area. In the last two years volunteers have also cleaned up the University District area, and that effort will also continue this year.

Worksite cleanup due by May 15

An agreement is now in place to get land owned by the Spokane Valley Fire Department at Barker Road and Euclid Avenue cleaned up. It calls for construction equipment and debris being stored there by Morgen and Oswood Construction of Great Falls to be gone by May 15. Deputy Chief Larry Rider told fire commissioners during a meeting Monday that he had received a letter from company President Greg Oswood. “This letter is basically a letter of apology,” he said. Earlier this month Rider had reported that his efforts to communicate with the company had gone unanswered. The company had originally agreed to have its property, left over from the construction of Barker Bridge, off the land by March 31.

Fire department busy with 17 auto accidents

Auto accidents topped the charts for crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department the week of March 24-30. Firefighters responded to a fatal accident under the Barker Road overpass at 3:07 a.m. on March 25. A woman was going the wrong way in the eastbound lanes and hit a car head on. The driver of the car that was hit died of his injuries. “They had to extricate that person out of the vehicle,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford. “It looked like the vehicle was pretty much wrapped around him.”

Cleanup delayed

Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioners are ready to take a firm line with a contractor that has been using land the department owns for storage for nearly three years without paying a cent. During Monday’s commission meeting, Deputy Chief Larry Rider said the department agreed to let Morgen and Oswood Construction of Great Falls use land at Barker and Euclid during the construction of Barker Bridge if the contractor agreed to clean up the site when they were done.

State to add lanes to I-90 from Sullivan to Barker

The state Department of Transportation announced on Monday that it plans to add a third lane to Interstate 90 in each direction from Sullivan Road to Barker Road, with the work beginning next spring. The Spokane Valley project is one of 21 highway projects statewide worth an estimated $112 million that will receive funding as a result of savings on construction contracts in recent years.

In brief: River is risky, sheriff warns

High water flow, cold temperatures, and construction pose a risk to boaters and swimmers on the Spokane River, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office says. The Barker Road Bridge is open to vehicles, but boaters could be in danger as construction crews remove pylons, and high water causes debris to stack up, officials said.