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A $10.3 billion budget designed to resume work on transportation projects on “pause” because of last year’s initiative to reduce fees and taxes for vehicle license tabs passed the Legislature Wednesday with overwhelming majorities by both chambers.
A near unanimous House passed an update to the state’s transportation budget which would restart major projects without tax increases.
A state official says Idaho’s roads are becoming increasingly dangerous with distracted drivers and a growing number of motorists.
Tim Eyman’s $30 car tab initiative has put the city in a bind trying to come up with cash for its future road projects. City Council President-elect Breean Beggs is eyeing a potential property tax levy to make up for the lost funds, but will voters have the appetite?
Eighteen fill-up stations in Spokane and Spokane Valley offer gasoline with no ethanol or lead, additives that have been included throughout the years to improve engine performance and reduce emissions. Ethanol’s addition to the gasoline running modern cars is a relatively new occurrence, but the story behind lead has ties to the bottom line of America’s early automobile manufacturers.
Eastern Washington and North Idaho are expected to receive light snow on Sunday, which could lead to slick conditions on Interstate 90 and other highways as many return home from an extended Thanksgiving weekend.
The Latah Creek bridge, also known as the Sunset Boulevard bridge, was built after the Monroe Street Bridge in downtown and features a similar design. It was constructed in large part due to booming wheat farming in central Washington and more motorist interest in traveling to Seattle.
A very unscientific survey last week at High Drive and Grand Avenue shows motorists heading south on Grand have not yet adapted to a stop sign installed at the intersection last week. The city says the stop sign is warranted because east/west traffic has increased to match southbound motorists.
A majority of Spokane City Council members said they are open to asking voters to reinstate an annual $20 car registration fee, or find other tax sources, to fund local road maintenance projects, after state voters repealed the local car tab and other similar fees under Initiative 976. The willingness to consider reinstating the tax illustrates the city’s reliance on the local registration fee, even in the face of solid approval of the ballot measure, which was ostensibly about strictly limiting vehicle registration fees to $30.
The judgment for Frank and Gloria Bingaman, who have run cattle operations on their property for 31 years, is compensation for land taken by the county as it widens Bigelow Gulch east of the city from two lanes to a four-lane road with wide shoulders and a center turn lane.
City Councilwoman Karen Stratton and her opponent in the November election, Andy Rathbun, both say there are roads in the northwest part of town that need attention from City Hall. They offered their opinions on road diets and what should be done to alleviate heavy traffic in the rapidly growing reaches of the Five Mile area.
Northeast Spokane has seen several major transportation construction projects in the past few years, including changes to Crestline and Sprague. An even larger one looms with completion of the North Spokane Corridor. City Council candidates Tim Benn and Michael Cathcart offer their views on those projects, as well as whether car tab fees should be reduced.
The city of Spokane is trying a new road preservation technique in a bid to prevent streets from developing cracks that eventually turn into potholes for cars to rattle and bounce through.
The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported that the head of the Spokane County Good Roads Association announced a major new project: the California to Banff Bee-Line Highway.
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.
Spokane County’s big road-paving bond issue passed by a nearly two-to-one margin.
Spokane County was preparing to vote on a massive $3.25 million bond issue for paving county roads, and the city’s top labor leader announced his wholehearted support.
Lynch will open for friend Thomas Rhett at the Spokane Arena on Friday.
A Facebook post on Friday alerted Airway Heights residents they may need to conserve water after one of two water connections with Spokane was interrupted due to road work. Airway Heights is still buying water exclusively from Spokane to serve their customers after the discovery two years ago of groundwater contamination from firefighting chemicals used by the Air Force.
All Saints Episcopal church announced it would build a new cathedral that would be dedicated to those killed in action during World War I.