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Salt keeps icy roads safe. It’s also putting North America’s freshwater lakes at risk.

During the past half-century, annual U.S. sales of road salt grew from 160,000 tons to about 20 million tons, as a group of environmental scientists pointed out in a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of the Sciences. NaCl kept roads free from slippery ice, but it also changed the nature of North America’s freshwater lakes.

Getting There: $2.5 million Market Street upgrade in works

Market Street in the Mead area is slated for major improvements starting next year. The Spokane County commissioners last week accepted a $1.5 million grant from the state to rebuild Market from Farwell Road to Parksmith Drive.

Getting There: Fatal crash a tragic reminder about driving in the cold

A chain-reaction fatal collision at the start of Thanksgiving travel last Wednesday was a strong reminder of the danger posed by fast-changing winter weather conditions in the Inland Northwest. One person died in the four-vehicle crash involving a semitruck, two passenger cars and a pickup on a stretch of freeway that had iced over.

Getting There: Dishman Hills conservation holdings get name

A series of properties open for public access in the Dishman Hills area has become a haven for hikers as well as a sanctuary for wildlife just miles from Spokane County’s two largest cities. The county continues to add new parcels to the collection that runs from Camp Caro on the north to Big Rock on the south.

Getting There: AAA expects increase in holiday drivers

Last week’s early round of snow and ice may have drivers nervous about venturing out this Thanksgiving. But officials said there is no reason to fear if you are prepared and proceed with caution.

Getting There: On snowy roadways, slower is smarter

Now that the weather has our attention, it’s probably a good time to check in with the highway patrol on how to stay safe on the road this winter. Washington State Patrol Trooper Troy Briggs said the single most important thing driving in winter is simple:

Getting There: Corridor bridge girders installed

Construction of the North Spokane Corridor took a big jump forward in recent days with the installation of bridge girders at the future Wandermere interchange at U.S. Highway 395. The work comes as the project timeline nears the one-year mark until completion of the northern leg of the north-south freeway route.

Getting There: Road-sharing just got easier

The Howard Street corridor in Spokane from Fourth Avenue to Buckeye Street is being turned into a bicycle route. In addition, a bicycle loop is being marked off in the downtown area west of Howard.

Stevens Street Hill a Slip’N Slide

With a winter snowstorm raging Monday Dec. 29th 2008, Spokane Police had to shut down S. Stevens St. leading up to the South Hill.

A little preparation goes a long way on snowy roads

On his way to work last week – a day before the big storm – Spokane sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan spotted a driver unable to merge onto U.S. Highway 195 because he failed to scrape his windows and mirror. Reagan, who doesn’t normally make traffic stops, pulled the man over.