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Getting There: High-tech mapping of potholes will help city manage streets

Snowmelt reveals many things. The first crocus, tulips and daffodil blossoms of spring. The trash and dog poop that people left behind, thinking somehow the snow would make those left-behinds magically disappear. And potholes. Lots of potholes. In 2018, the city filled 4,610 potholes. The year before that, it repaired 4,795 potholes. This year, so far, the city has filled 1,392 potholes.

Spokane gets extra $5 million to rebuild roads over the next two years

Federal grant money will be used to repave roads that were initially rebuilt 10-15 years ago, city officials said Monday. The announcement comes as the city wraps up work on its emergency $1 million investment in road maintenance following a particularly harsh winter.

Spokane driver beats city in pothole court case

Dwight Bailey, a retired investigator for the Washington State Gambling Commission, got a rejection letter like many other Spokane drivers this spring. He convinced a small claims court judge the city should cover half the cost of repairing his 2010 Lexus sedan.

Weathercatch: Looking back at February, the groundhog and potholes

How fitting that when the groundhog saw its shadow on Feb. 2, signaling six more weeks of winter, it would turn out to be February’s coldest day in the Spokane area. With a high of 27 degrees and a low of just 9, we shivered in temperatures 14 degrees colder than normal.

Ousted streets director Serbousek pegged to return to old job as bridge engineer

Public Works Director Scott Simmons said Mark Serbousek’s expertise in bridge design and construction is needed as Spokane looks to build and maintain several high-profile spans in the city limits. The City Council and Civil Service Commission will have to sign off on the $114,000-a-year job, which would count as a demotion for the longtime head of the streets department.

Bigger crews, new equipment and materials called in to combat Spokane’s potholes

Mayor David Condon said residents deserved a more concentrated approach to repairing the city’s pothole problem, during a news conference Friday. Workers from the sewer and water departments will be called in to assist with filling the holes, and a round of new equipment and filler material is expected to hit city streets this weekend.

Moses Lake, Potholes at unusually high levels

The water level in Moses Lake and Potholes Reservoir is so high right now that local officials are having to release water just to hold the level steady. “It’s higher now then it has been in years,” said Chris Overland, general manager of the Moses Lake Irrigation and Rehabilitation District. “The Bureau of Reclamation is is releasing 90-100 cubic feet per second from Potholes just to ease the pressure.”