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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Up to 8 inches of snow expected to fall on Spokane starting Friday

The snow is expected to snarl traffic on Interstate 90 from Ritzville into North Idaho, on Highway 195 from Spokane to Uniontown and on Highway 2 in the West Plains …


WSDOT says no extension this year, get your studded snow tires off before April 1 or face fine

The state Department of Transportation will not extend this year’s deadline for taking off studded snow tires, meaning drivers will have until Sunday, March 31, to remove them.


Crews begin tearing down Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct

Crews have begun tearing down Seattle’s double-decker Alaskan Way Viaduct.


U.S. miscalculated benefit of better train brakes, the Associated Press reports

President Donald Trump’s administration miscalculated the potential benefits of putting better brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it scrapped an Obama-era rule over cost concerns, the Associated Press …


FAA faces scrutiny over how it handled concerns about Southwest operations before Flight 1380 tragedy

A federal watchdog is investigating the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of Southwest Airlines after a hotline complaint about operational issues at the airline and the engine failure incident on Flight …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018

Pets-on-planes crackdown by airlines gets boost from U.S. agency

Regulators are making it easier for U.S. airlines to limit the growing number of dogs and other animals being brought onto flights by passengers saying they are for emotional or …


UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018

Highway in Pend Oreille County closed due to water runoff

State officials closed a highway in Pend Oreille County because of water runoff that submerged the roadway Monday morning.


UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018

Report: Airlines getting better in key areas except delays

U.S. airlines are getting better at many things except getting you to your destination on time. That’s the upshot of a report issued by academics who analyze numbers compiled by …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

I-5 opens after derailment cleanup

Southbound Interstate 5 between Tacoma and Olympia to be fully open by Thursday morning


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017

DOT drops proposal to force airlines to disclose bag fees

An Obama administration proposal that would have required airlines disclose checked and carry-on bag fees at the start of a ticket purchase rather than later is being dropped by the …


Traffic snarls expected before, after solar eclipse

State warns of traffic mess from folks headed south to watch the eclipse.


Plans for new northside Costco include Highway 2 roundabout

Costco is moving forward quickly with its plans to construct a new, 167,000 square foot retail warehouse near the site of the former Kaiser Aluminum smelter near Mead. Those plans …


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017

Two arrested after ramming Department of Transportation truck on I-90

Two men were arrested after their car rammed into the back of a Washington Department of Transportation truck on Interstate 90 Wednesday afternoon and they fled the scene.


UPDATED: Sat., April 8, 2017

Washout closes State Route 21 south of Republic in Ferry County

A washout has shut down State Route 21 at Gold Creek about 15 miles south of Republic in Ferry County and it’s not known when the road will be able …


Icy winter pushes WSDOT’s road salt budget into the red

Washington state Department of Transportation officials are asking lawmakers to put an extra $5 million into the department’s current snow-and-ice removal budget to cover costs incurred this winter.


North Cascade Highway closed for winter

Highway 20 over the North Cascades closed for the winter on Monday.


New signs at dangerous intersections warn motorists of cross traffic on Highways 2 and 395

Three new warning signs with yellow flashing lights are now operating on north Spokane County highways to improve safety


Elwha River bridge could need replacement after dam removal

The U.S. Highway 101 bridge over the Elwha River could need replacement or retrofitting now that two dams have been removed, allowing the now-wild river to erode the riverbed under …


Proposed new law to fine oil, coal trains through downtown Spokane would target shippers, not railroads

Instead of levying a $261 fine per car on the firms transporting the cars, a new ordinance from City Councilman Breean Beggs would go directly at the oil and coal …


About those animal guts on the freeway …

When a truck stopped abruptly Thursday afternoon, spilling a sun-warmed stew of animal parts onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 90, the question in many readers minds was undoubtedly: Why?


Gov. Inslee appoints Roger Millar as transportation secretary

Gov. Jay Inslee has announced the appointment of Roger Millar as secretary of the state Department of Transportation.


More money needed for Seattle’s delayed tunnel project

The troubled project to replace an aging double-decker highway bridge hugging Seattle’s waterfront with a tunnel faces up to $223 million in cost overruns, Washington transportation officials said Thursday.


E-cigarettes on airline flights being banned by U.S.

The Department of Transportation says it has issued final regulations prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes on any domestic or foreign airline flying to, from or within the United States.


Will surprise ‘firing’ affect legislative session?

What’s the fallout from the rejection of the state transportation secretary? Hard feelings and distrust, for sure. Higher bond costs, no. Longer session, unknown.


Senate rejects state transportation secretary

A divided Senate refused to confirm Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 9, 2015

Doug Clark: Widow finds humor, comfort in DOT’s toll bill snafu

Jack Roberts’ wife is sure he didn’t rack up a Good to Go toll bill in Western Washington.


Gov. Inslee requires study before raising speed limit

OLYMPIA – Legislation that could raise highway speed limits to 75 mph in some parts of Washington was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill, which will …


I-90 morning commute time takes hit, analysis says

Traffic congestion during the morning commute on Interstate 90 has worsened in the past few years, but problems with slowdowns and delays are relatively minor compared to West Side freeways, …


Public input sought on improving U.S. 2

U.S. Highway 2 north of Spokane has become increasingly busy with traffic over the years. The four-lane, high-speed route exposes drivers to turning and crossing movements at a series of …


Getting there: U.S. 2, Interstate 90 slated for repaving projects

As the 2014 construction season approaches, the state Department of Transportation is getting ready to start repaving work on several major highways in the Spokane region. Topping the list is …