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Getting There: The how of ‘the Y’

It may be the most distinctive intersection in Spokane’s highway system. Now in the midst of repaving and surrounded by commercial development, the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and 395 was originally conceived as a scenic thruway from Spokane to Newport.

Opposition blocks highways after Honduras presidential vote

Thousands of supporters of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla blocked highways with flaming barricades Friday to protest Honduras’ disputed presidential election, in which incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez holds a slim lead according to official results.

Trump to push for overhauling roads, bridges, air traffic

President Donald Trump is launching a major push for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation’s roads and bridges, a key item on his agenda that’s been stymied in Congress and overshadowed by White House controversies.

Crumbling roads and bridges bring higher taxes and fees

Lawmakers across the U.S. have approved new proposals this year to pay for transportation improvements, including tax hikes, vehicle fee increases and bond packages. Those measures extended an existing trend to a new milestone: Two-thirds of all states have stepped up highway funding over the past five years.

North Cascades Highway snow removal delayed

OUTDOOR TRAVEL – State transportation workers will get a late start clearing the snow off a 37-mile winter closure zone on State Route 20 in the North Cascades. The Bellingham Herald reports work is expected to start on SR 20, also known as the North...

Idaho Senate backs higher passing speeds on two-lane highways

If Gov. Butch Otter signs on, Idahoans could go up to 15 mph over the speed limit while passing on a two-lane highway without risking a speeding ticket. The change won support from the Idaho Senate on Monday on a 24-10 vote, sending

States send Trump wish-lists for promised roads-and-bridges plan

With President Donald Trump promising to rebuild crumbling U.S. highways, bridges and buildings, states have begun submitting lists of priority projects in need of funding. About 40 states have responded so far, and Pattison said he thinks Trump’s team wants to assess how many “shovel ready” projects there are as it crafts the president’s infrastructure initiative.

Fence keeps elk off I-90 near Vantage, thanks to volunteers

WILDLIFE – Flagged electric fencing was re-installed last weekend along six miles of Interstate 90 near Vantage to deter elk from getting into traffic. Mule Deer Foundation volunteers and staff from the state Fish and Wildlife and Transportation departments did the work. About 80 wintering...

Rollback of truck safety rules may be just the beginning

The trucking industry scored a victory this week when Republican lawmakers effectively blocked Obama administration safety rules aimed at keeping tired truckers off the highway. But there’s more coming down the road.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Samuel Hill – remembered today for building the Maryhill Museum and a replica of Stonehenge in the Columbia Gorge – arrived in Spokane to talk about one of his overriding passions: good auto highways.