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The federal ruling is likely to face further scrutiny as the Joe Biden administration assumes office in Washington, D.C.
Traffic in and around the Lilac City hasn’t just increased sharply since a precipitous drop immediately after Inslee announced a stay-home order in March, it’s also up from 2019, when – assuming you can remember such a halcyon time – there was no pandemic.
Amtrak’s Empire Builder had been picking up and dropping off passengers every day in Spokane since 1997. That changed on Oct. 19, when the train that plies a 2,200-mile route from Chicago to Seattle and Portland switched to a three-days-a-week schedule.
A recent study identified nearly $19 million work of additional work – including constructing new roundabouts at the road’s intersections with Sprague, 4th and 8th avenues and widening the street to five lanes from Mission Avenue to the south city limits – that should be completed by 2040 to keep up with projected growth.
Researchers have found that permitting cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs increases the flow of traffic and actually protects both motorists and those on bicycles. The law went into effect this month in Washington.
Planners have dreams of connecting the upper South Hill with the downtown trail that currently terminates near Underhill Park. Just how to do that is a puzzle transportation experts will have to figure out.
Spokane Valley traffic engineers are eying a pair of projects intended to reduce traffic congestion at at-grade rail crossings: one where Barker Road meets Trent and Wellesley avenues, and a second at the intersection of Trent and Pines Road.
The Spokane City Council agreed to a plan to reduce traffic speeds near certain parks and park properties in town. That decision has caused some South Hill residents to question the inclusion of High Drive.
Roger Hernandez is still cranking at the Shacktown bike shop downtown, even after thieves made off with $3,000 in bikes, tools and other equipment last week.
How does the transportation department jibe massive investments in new road projects, like the North Spokane Corridor, while worrying about crumbling existing infrastructure, like the replacement of the East Trent bridge?
The Spokane International Airport has seen a steep decline in passenger activity as the coronavirus pandemic hammers the nation’s airline industry. But that's not stopping the airport from moving forward with a long-awaited plan to realign the road drivers use to drop off and pick up passengers.
The combined effect of Initiative 976 and the coronavirus pandemic could put some of the state's road projects on hold, including an effort to reduce congestion on roads in Liberty Lake.
The West Plains Connection project would make several changes to area roads in an effort to ease congestion, rather than simply widening Highway 2. Planners are looking to the public to provide feedback on preliminary plans for the estimated $17 million project.
The PeopleforBikes ranking of cities' bicycle systems placed Spokane at 37th, noting the city had some ground to make up to ensure riders in all areas of the city had equal access to transit options. That's the goal of the city's amendments to its Master Bike Plan, which are currently open for comments and should come before the Spokane City Council by the end of the summer.
For at least the past 20 years, residents have been asking the city of Spokane to establish dedicated left-turn signals on the bustling Hamilton Street corridor just east of downtown. By the end of this year, that dream will become a reality, with work beginning this week at two intersections.
Plans for alleviating the traffic flow headaches on the West Plains have long been in the works, but the addition of the Amazon fulfillment center and hopes of increasing commercial activity in the area mean those plans may be short-term fixes.
While the city has a long list of transportation visions, ideas and plans it hopes to pursue, the Six Year Comprehensive Street Program is where projects go when the city intends to see them through and has at least some of the funding in hand to make that happen.
Crews will head out to the East Trent Bridge this morning and start undoing the work crews before them completed 110 years ago.
Elephant Bikes are built by one man in a Colbert garage, where Glen Copus turns out bikes known for their idiosyncratic designs and expert craftsmanship. But Copus is disarmingly unpretentious about his product and adamant about keeping the design utilitarian and no-frills.
Fish Lake Trail is, at least for now, a misnomer. But a pair of efforts are underway to make the trail reach the lake on one end and to connect the current trailhead to the Centennial Trail on the other.