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Spokane International Airport was flying high in February.
The westbound Interstate 90 off-ramp to Hamilton Street will be closed Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
When the city of Spokane shutters the brief span over Latah Creek in the spring to repair it, drivers will lose a vital connection from Highway 195 to the South Hill and will instead be directed to drive north on High Drive, get on Interstate 90 at Maple Street and head west before circling back down 195 to get where they are going.
What's now the AA Auto Salvage Yard will be cleaned up and transformed into a 157-site manufactured-home park for people over 55, if William Nascimento has his way.
A report from a libertarian think tank placed Washington's highway system at 45th in the country for cost-effectiveness and condition. All the more reason to invest now in road projects, said Sen. Andy Billig, which can also help stimulate the economy during the pandemic.
Traffic in and around the Lilac City hasn’t just increased sharply since a precipitous drop immediately after Inslee announced a stay-home order in March, it’s also up from 2019, when – assuming you can remember such a halcyon time – there was no pandemic.
The news that the Washington Supreme Court ruled the $30 car tab initiative unconstitutional was met with a somewhat tepid response by transportation agencies last week. While the ruling preserves some transportation funding, tax revenues are down due to the pandemic, adding another obstacle to a system that planners say is underfunded to meet the needs of the public.
Several private development projects placing hundreds of houses on unbuilt land on the South Hill have travel planners worried about further congestion on Highway 195 and Interstate 90. Those developers may be forced to build transportation-easing improvements in order for their projects to move forward.
How does the transportation department jibe massive investments in new road projects, like the North Spokane Corridor, while worrying about crumbling existing infrastructure, like the replacement of the East Trent bridge?
The combined effect of Initiative 976 and the coronavirus pandemic could put some of the state's road projects on hold, including an effort to reduce congestion on roads in Liberty Lake.
Plans for alleviating the traffic flow headaches on the West Plains have long been in the works, but the addition of the Amazon fulfillment center and hopes of increasing commercial activity in the area mean those plans may be short-term fixes.
A recent drop in driving is a sign that people were largely heeding Gov. Jay Inslee’s orders. But when people drive less, they buy less gas. And when people buy less gas, they pay less in gas taxes. And when people spend less in gas taxes, the coffers of the state Department of Transportation – not to mention those of local governments and the state Legislature – start running on empty.
The Spokane Transit Authority announced the suspension of fares March 24 in an effort to promote social distancing and help get people around during the coronavirus pandemic. But City Councilwoman Kate Burke said the public transit provider should consider making free service permanent and fund the service completely through tax revenue. Doing so would present future funding challenges, STA says.
Transportation planners will be asking residents to weigh in on the future of the Division Street design, following planned completion of the North Spokane Corridor and implementation of high-speed bus service. That may include some planning from the city that will give the bustling arterial a more neighborhood feel with through traffic taking other routes around Spokane.
Since Gov. Jay Inslee’s order shuttering schools, businesses and all public gatherings to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Becky Spangle’s job has been to determine whether people are just staying home. By looking at traffic data, it appears most Spokane-area motorists are getting the message.
Jeremy Miles spends most days behind a desk at HDR Engineering in Spokane. But he spent a recent Wednesday suspended midair off the side of the Latah Creek Bridge.
Spokane Valley has long sought to expand its network of parks as developers and industry continue to buy up land in the growing city – and the city may be on the brink of doing so, if it can act in time.
Mike Gribner, administrator of WSDOT’s Eastern Region, presented Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs with a letter on Feb. 13 asking the council to “adopt a development moratorium for the U.S. 195 traffic shed area” until it deals with the “crisis in management of safety within the corridor.”
The Spokane hearing examiner approved a new development near Eagle Ridge on Friday, with a condition: Until the Washington Department of Transportation makes improvements to U.S. 195, Whipple Consulting Engineers can only build 20 homes, not 98.
The mystery of Sasquatch arrived on Sherman Pass recently after traffic cameras showed an image sure to pique the interest of Bigfoot hunters.