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If infrastructure broke apart East Central in the past, however, local leaders are hoping that new infrastructure projects can help stitch it back together.
City staff finalized the details of a long-awaited legislative proposal last week that would set parking rates between $0.50 and $3 per hour in downtown Spokane, depending on the demand for spaces in that area.
Although the two trails are separated by a short distance as the magpie flies, they remain unconnected. Bridging the two together would effectively add a nearly 10-mile southward spur to the Centennial Trail, or allow those riding the Fish Lake Trail direct access to the 65-mile Centennial Trail between Nine Mile Falls and Coeur d’Alene.
There were “about 50” registered voters living in the mile-square area that would become Airway Heights on April 19, 1955, the day they elected to incorporate as a city, according to a story in this newspaper.
For all the talk about roads in the state's budget, those who serve the city's visually impaired argue less expensive sidewalk solutions may be a better way to spend money. After all, a quarter of the population doesn't have a driver's license.
Spokane's electric streetcar line may have hit its peak in 1912, as evidenced by the digital release of a new map showing routes and stop information. The same day it was published, Spokane Transit Authority showed off its new battery electric bus for the City Line opening next year.
At a cost in the tens of millions of dollars, the region could help to alleviate some of the transportation problems that will be caused by booming growth the in Vinegar Flats area of town. But how to handle traffic headed west on Interstate 90 is a larger – and costlier – question.
The system has a long, complex history, but one important factor, according to the latest draft of Spokane's new Downtown Master Plan, was a 1961 report that called for an "'inner loop system' of one-way streets defining the core area's perimeter to improve vehicular movement."
Avista Corp. has agreed to match a $2.5 million grant from the Washington Department of Commerce to build charging infrastructure for the planned expansion of electric cars in the next decade.
The question of how to better move traffic up and down the South Hill between the Lincoln Heights and Southgate neighborhoods and around Ferris High School has confounded city planners for more than half a century.
When the half-finished North Spokane Corridor is open for its entire 10-mile course, transit officials expect traffic on Division will decrease, allowing them to create the opportunity for dedicated bus lanes and, in part, bike lanes without having to widen the street.
Consider two bike commuters: Rhonda Kae Young and Justin Short. Though they take a different approach to the prospect of a bike commute in the winter, both say the city could do more to encourage such travel during the cold months.
Whether it was the prodding of the pandemic and recession that spurred them to such heights, or the ongoing climate crisis, it doesn’t really matter.What’s important is the details: Over the next 16 years, more than $500 million would go toward bike projects. More than $2.6 billion in transit funding. Nearly $300 million for Safe Routes to School grants, and $60 million in Complete Streets grants.
Transportation is the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gases, and accounts for 31% of net U.S. emissions. Thanks to Americans driving 15% fewer miles, and jet fuel use falling by a third, transportation emissions decreased by 15% in 2020.
Beginning this month, Spokane’s Historic Preservation Office is holding a series of virtual workshops to discuss a project to protect the architectural history of the neighborhood and celebrate its specific connection to streetcars.
The city expects to complete maintenance projects on about 60 miles of arterial roads in 2020 and 2021, about double what it had initially planned.
BNSF has lots of tools at its disposal to keep trains moving when the snow starts to pile up. If trains can't travel, that means not only are raw materials blocked from reaching their destinations, but also Christmas gifts.
When the city of Spokane shutters the brief span over Latah Creek in the spring to repair it, drivers will lose a vital connection from Highway 195 to the South Hill and will instead be directed to drive north on High Drive, get on Interstate 90 at Maple Street and head west before circling back down 195 to get where they are going.
A report from a libertarian think tank placed Washington's highway system at 45th in the country for cost-effectiveness and condition. All the more reason to invest now in road projects, said Sen. Andy Billig, which can also help stimulate the economy during the pandemic.
A single-point urban interchange, or SPUI (rhymes with "chewy"), opened Tuesday at U.S. 95 and Highway 53 in Kootenai County on Tuesday. It's the first such interchange in North Idaho and is a sign of traffic control to come, planners say.