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The woman, whose name was not released, wore a life vest and held on to a gasoline can for flotation, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to be treated for hypothermia and inhalation of gas fumes.
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.
News outlets report national delivery-based pizza chain Domino’s is aiming to make commutes around the country a little less hellish, by helping to repair potholes.
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.
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.
The trailers will be pulled by existing trucks owned by the Streets Department, which has already filled close to 4,000 potholes this year. The new equipment will allow the city to respond to more areas of town faster, said Streets Director Gary Kaesemeyer.
The firm reviewing legal claims against the city for damage caused by potholes denied 101 of 103 claims made in the month of February. Mayor David Condon said he understands the frustration, and pointed to a year of record road construction as the long-term fix to the problem.
The city of Spokane plans to spend an extra $1 million to repair arterial streets damaged by this year’s cold, wet winter.
Wild weather has led to a plethora of problems for Spokane’s streets. Solving them became Gary Kaesemeyer’s job earlier this year, and the City Council recognized his work Monday by confirming him to lead the department.
Block by block, workers rate each section of road for nine defects. Each defect is rated as low, medium or high.
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.
The city is limited in what it can do given the resources it has and how much the public is willing to spend.
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.
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.
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.”
Columnist Doug Clark imagines what bits of constructive criticism former streets director Mark Serbousek might leave for his successor, as Spokane grapples with its seemingly endless pothole problem.
Potholes aren’t high on the to-do list with road crews trying to save rural roads from destruction by flooding.
More than a dozen motorists with vehicle damage filed claims against the city because of potholes last week. To successfully recoup some of those costs, they may have to show road crews were aware of the road conditions before the damage was inflicted.
Spokane Valley must decide how many potholes are too many – and how to pay for fixing its streets.
Interstate 90 through Coeur d’Alene has been repaired after a mid-winter thaw caused the frozen surface to break apart