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Detectives ask for help finding suspect in Subway robbery

Detectives have identified a suspect in the March 1 armed robbery of a Subway restaurant in Spokane Valley and are asking for help locating him. Police say Matthew D. Gardner, 34, robbed the Subway at 2114 N. Pines Road with a knife, but no one was hurt. He demanded money from the clerk, stealing an unknown amount from the register.

New traffic study set for Elks Lodge site

Whipple Consulting Engineers is holding a second traffic study meeting for a proposed multifamily development on the former Elks Lodge site in Spokane Valley. Todd Whipple of Whipple Consulting Engineers, who is the project engineer, filed permits with Spokane Valley last year to demolish the former Elks Lodge at 2605 N. Robie Road to make way for the Spokane Valley Elks Apartments.

Report: Pine, Argonne interchange upgrades would improve Valley traffic flow

Chances are you will never reach the posted 35 mph speed limit on Argonne Road between Mission and Trent avenues. A traffic study almost completed by the public works division of Spokane Valley shows that most drivers travel at speeds between 10 and 12 mph on that stretch, making it one of the most congested areas in Spokane Valley. “About 42,000 vehicles travel over the two-lane bridge at Argonne every day,” said Sean Messner, senior traffic engineer with Spokane Valley, “bringing us very close to capacity there.”

Getting There: Marshall gravel mine worries neighbors

Rock mining in the Marshall area of southwest Spokane County is putting dozens of heavy loads on Cheney-Spokane Road, and residents of the area said they are concerned about public safety. Knife River Corp., which operates in 17 states, has moved production to an old gravel mining area north of the two-lane road.

Major road projects planned

Construction projects are planned this summer for Spokane Valley’s three major north-south arterials plus Sprague Avenue. The city and the Washington State Department of Transportation are planning paving projects on Argonne, Sullivan and Pines roads. Other projects include safety upgrades, sidewalk projects, stormwater improvements and a new roundabout.

Spokane Valley considers increasing building setbacks

Recent heated debates about multi-family housing next to single-family homes has the Spokane Valley City Council considering a change to the city’s development code to head off such conflicts in the future. This year, residents living next to a parcel under consideration for high-density residential zoning complained loudly and often that the rezone would allow tall apartment buildings only 5 feet from their property. The city negotiated a development agreement with the property owner that limited building height in response to their concerns.