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Getting There: Plans for Centennial Trail through West Central draw pushback that could result in new connection

The city of Spokane hopes to make up a gap in the popular paved trail that starts in Riverside State Park by replacing sidewalks in the West Central neighborhood, using …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 19, 2020

Getting There: Local crews largely stick to salt to de-ice area roads

The search for de-icers that don’t involve salt – and, by extension, don’t corrode cars or contaminate bodies of water – have led some states and researchers to experiment with …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Getting There: As area fleet of tow plows grows, one driver makes driving the complex rig look easy

A 2-for-1 approach to snow plowing may look easy, but operators like Kent Reitmeier have to deal with a lot of potential issues at once. Including impatient drivers trying to …


Getting There: Spokane plans to extend mobile phone payment at parking meters

Spokanites are learning to leave the quarters behind. The city continues to see robust usage of the Passport parking app through mobile phones, and on Monday the City Council is …


Getting There: The 2010s were a great decade for Spokane’s cyclists

In the past 10 years, the city has more than tripled its miles of bikeways and connected parts of town previously impassable on two wheels. With a new batch of …


Getting There: Spokane considering other tax options for roads after passage of I-976

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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Getting There: Coming soon to a reader board near you - holiday reminders to not drink or text and drive

The Washington Department of Transportation is hoping to turn some heads with their reader boards on Interstate 90 and throughout the region this holiday season, with messages intending to make …


Getting There: ‘Clear gas’ a returning phenomenon, but most cars don’t need it

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. …


Getting There: Altamont Street again open below low railroad bridge

Six minutes after 9 a.m. on Oct. 23, a northbound semi-truck collided with the south side of the Altamont bridge. Nearly a month passed before Altamont reopened below the bridge, …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 25, 2019

Getting There: Some folks don’t like roundabouts (including new ones on 43rd on South Hill)

Three new South Hill roundabouts on 43rd Avenue have neighbors cheering the slowing of traffic, but residents say they’ve seen more than a few hand gestures indicating that not everyone …


Getting There: Wellesley closure just another chapter in avenue’s history tied to growth of Spokane

Residents along the road passionately lobbied City Hall to resist widening Wellesley Avenue in the early 1960s, among them Grace McDonald, who persuaded 1,000 people to sign a petition against …


Getting There: A friendly reminder that Spokane drivers don’t need studded tires

Studless winter tires provide the same amount of grip and don’t contribute to the mounting deterioration of our nation’s roadways that traffic engineers and experts are warning against.


Getting There: Council candidates Lori Kinnear, Tony Kiepe weigh in on street congestion, commuting

Aside from the record-breaking political spending and seemingly endless back-and-forths about homelessness, there are a whole host of issues that local candidates need to be knowledgeable about, and at the …


Getting There: Northwest Spokane City Council candidates talk Monroe, Five Mile and other needed street repairs

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. …


Getting There: Northeast City Council candidates discuss North Spokane Corridor, street planning, public transit

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 …


Getting There: Questions and answers with the soothsayers of Spokane’s parking future

Julie Dixon and Kenzie Coulson have been tasked with revising the city’s laws and parking system so that downtown trips don’t cause headaches. What do they see as the challenges …


Getting There: A high-tech hatchback cruises Spokane Valley streets, cataloging every crack and pothole

“This software will help us identify what the fix is, put a dollar cost to it and prioritize what streets to fix,” said a city engineer. “Ultimately, it helps us …


Getting There: The Monroe Street Bridge – all three of them – have stood the test of time

The concrete span connecting the west end of downtown with the north side has a storied history that began with a wooden structure in 1888. Cable cars, horse-drawn carriages and …


Getting There: Riders, meet your new bus line: the crosstown Route 4

Route 4 doesn’t sound like much. It doesn’t have the historic ring of Route 66, or the descriptive and alliterative nature of the Central City Line. But Route 4 is …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Getting There: Downtowns become stronger by shedding bad habits, author says

The advent of the automobile may have hollowed out downtowns, but the author of “Strong Towns” says it is possible to reclaim a city if it is willing to give …


Getting there: Autonomous bus could come to Riverfront Park

A slow-moving, boxy, autonomous bus may soon ply the Howard Street Promenade in Spokane’s Riverfront Park, if city officials get their way.


Getting There: Maze of North Side street closures eases a bit

Commuters in north Spokane have seen some major roadways choked by work this summer. From A Street to Strong Road, the patchwork of pavement-mending has a made a maze for …


Getting There: The how of ‘the Y’

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 …


Getting There: The new ways of Wall Street

Crews tore out two concrete planters on the pedestrian-only Wall Street downtown last week, work that is making way for the Central City Line. The planters, popular spots for languorous …


Getting There: No chalk on the tires in Spokane’s parking enforcement

Federal appellate courts ruled “chalking” tires, a method of determining whether a parker has remained at a space for too long, was unconstitutional. But Spokane ceased the practice downtown at …


Getting There: Country Homes was a ‘route through empty fields,’ now it’s major thoroughfare being repaired

Five weeks of construction begins today on Country Homes, a boulevard born from legislation and condemnation.


Getting There: Bikeways are coming to East Sprague

What started as an idea from a former Spokane City Council member, and turned into a war of words between the state Senate majority leader and the mayor, is inching …


Getting There: Solving Regal Street’s problems would require digging deeper than the pavement

Regal Street has gotten the royal treatment lately, but the road’s issues go deeper than its pavement.


Getting There: China leads the way with the world’s most electric buses and high-speed rail lines; will Spokane follow?

In five years, Shenzhen, China, electrified its entire fleet of 16,000 buses. How it got there could be a lesson for Spokane and other cities that face technical, financial and …


Getting There: Spokane Valley to select design following $1.2 million federal grant for Pines Road rail project

Spokane Valley is planning to select a design for its $29 million project to separate road and rail traffic on Pines Road and Trent Avenue.