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100 years ago in Spokane: City Commissioner tells Inland Empire Employers Association new bridge needed to relieve congestion

Speaking to the Inland Empire Employers Association luncheon meeting, Spokane City Commissioner Leonard Funk said that in the near future Spokane must have a new bridge west of Monroe Street …


Then and Now: Maple Street Bridge

The Maple Street Bridge, which opened to traffic on July 1, 1958, is 1,716 feet long, towering 125 feet above the Spokane River, and its road surface is 50 feet …



Then and Now: The steel Monroe Street Bridge, 1892-1909

The first Monroe Street bridge, built by Spokane Cable Railway and partners, cost $42,000 and opened in 1889. Two other iterations followed, the last being the concrete bridge we see …


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 10:54 p.m.

Spokane’s pedestrian bridges deemed safe amid tragedy in Miami

Spokane’s numerous pedestrian bridges are not at risk of collapse, according to officials at the Washington state Department of Transportation and city of Spokane.


Travel: On the Oregon Coast, bridges lead to the past

Along the Oregon Coast on the Pacific Coast Highway 101, there are 11 historic and beautiful bridges that deserve to be explored and photographed.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 7:25 p.m.

Trump calls for $200 billion for infrastructure spending nationwide; Washington needs $140 billion

Washington’s roads and bridges need nearly $140 billion in investments, but it’s unclear what Eastern Washington could get out of President Trump’s infrastructure plan.


Sen. Murray asks Gov. Brown for toll voting privileges

Another voice has joined the conversation about tolls on Portland-area freeways. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., sent a letter to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Friday asking for Washington to have …


UPDATED: Tue., May 16, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

Washington transportation budget has $127 million for Spokane projects

The state will spend more than $8 billion in the next two years on roads, bridges and mass transit projects with about $127 million of it coming to Spokane County.


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 8:06 p.m.

Crumbling roads and bridges bring higher taxes and fees

Lawmakers across the U.S. have approved new proposals this year to pay for transportation improvements, including tax hikes, vehicle fee increases and bond packages. Those measures extended an existing trend …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 11:10 a.m.

$9 million may be needed to repair flood-damaged roads in Spokane County

Spokane County officials predict the total cost of repairing flood-damaged roads and bridges will climb to $9 million.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Coalition says Washington needs $190 billion for better infrastructure

Washington needs some $190 billion in infrastructure improvements over the next 20 years and must be ready to take advantage of any new federal program to help rebuild them, a …


Charles Lane: Democracy a roadblock to rebuilding

The government has to consult with the people before irreversibly damming our rivers or excavating our towns. This can be maddening, but also one of the things that makes America …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

States send Trump wish-lists for promised roads-and-bridges plan

With President Donald Trump promising to rebuild crumbling U.S. highways, bridges and buildings, states have begun submitting lists of priority projects in need of funding. About 40 states have responded …


Garco Construction in line to build University District pedestrian bridge for $9.5 million

Garco Construction, which has already completed several multimillion-dollar public works projects throughout Spokane, entered the low bid to build a pedestrian bridge in the University District. Some have criticized the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Cause emerges for Division Street Bridge collapse

From our archives, 100 years ago Four experts examined the wreckage of the Division Street Bridge, in which five people were killed, and blamed “granulation or crystallization of one of …


100 years ago in Spokane: Crowds swarm scene of Division Street bridge collapse

From our archives, 100 years ago The Division Street Bridge collapse, which killed five, dominated the news the day after the disaster.


100 years ago in Spokane: 5 killed when Divison Street bridge collapses with two streetcars on top

From our archives, 100 years ago One of the deadliest accidents in Spokane history occurred when the Division Street Bridge collapsed into the icy Spokane River just after 6 a.m.


Editorial: Congress gets moving on transportation, bank

House passes long-overdue transportation package, with Ex-Im Bank hitching a ride.


Planned US-Canada bridge to be named after Gordie Howe

A planned $2.1 billion bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will be named after hockey great Gordie Howe. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago “Dead Man’s Curve,” on the road to Palouse about 8 miles east of Colfax, claimed two new victims.


Spokane Valley won’t pursue University Road I-90 overpass

Spokane Valley is backing away from the idea of a new Interstate 90 overpass near University Road. Initially viewed as a potential option to help ease worsening


Greene Street Bridge repairs over budget by $1.4 million

A project strengthening the Greene Street Bridge will cost more than three times as much as was originally estimated, forcing the city to divert $1.4 million that could have been …


Liberty Lake roundabout hosts free-flowing celebration

Drivers frustrated with long lines getting off Interstate 90 westbound at Liberty Lake should be seeing traffic move more freely thanks to a new roundabout where the exit, Harvard Road …


Getting There: Spokane County commissioners skeptical of new ATV law

All-terrain vehicle enthusiasts are pushing to get more access to local roads, including roads in unincorporated Spokane County. But Spokane County commissioners last week said they are initially reluctant to …


Proposed pedestrian bridge would loom large over skyline

Perhaps lost in the recent debate about a proposed pedestrian bridge in Spokane’s University District is its massiveness. It wouldn’t be an inconspicuous walkway like the three pedestrian bridges over …


Couple recounts fall after bridge collapse

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – One of three people who ended up in the chilly Skagit River after a bridge collapsed in Washington says she can’t swim and credits her husband …


I-5 could reopen in three weeks; temporary spans planned

SEATTLE – Federal investigators used 3-D laser scans Sunday to study what remained of a collapsed Washington bridge as Gov. Jay Inslee announced temporary spans will be installed across the …


State, country must learn from collapse, official says

SEATTLE – The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday the bridge collapse in Washington is a wake-up call for the nation. “This is a really significant event, …


NTSB: I-5 bridge collapse a wake-up call

SEATTLE (AP) — The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board said today the bridge collapse in Washington state is a wake-up call for the nation.