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Getting There: 3-year project to demolish and replace East Trent Bridge starts today

Crews will head out to the East Trent Bridge this morning and start undoing the work crews before them completed 110 years ago.


Getting There: Colbert bike builder works alone out of his garage, sells his singular bikes around the world

Elephant Bikes are built by one man in a Colbert garage, where Glen Copus turns out bikes known for their idiosyncratic designs and expert craftsmanship. But Copus is disarmingly unpretentious …


UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Getting There: Effort underway to connect Fish Lake Trail to the lake and the Centennial Trail

Fish Lake Trail is, at least for now, a misnomer. But a pair of efforts are underway to make the trail reach the lake on one end and to connect …


Getting There: As gas tax revenue drops, Washington Department of Transportation could face 40% funding decline, delay projects

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 …


Getting There: Work begins on long-awaited bus rapid transit City Line

Bus rapid transit in Spokane is no longer just a glimmer in the Spokane Transit Authority’s eye nor an idea pushed around on paper. As of Friday, it was a …


UPDATED: Mon., April 27, 2020

Getting There: Post Street Bridge on the brink of 2-year closure for rehab

If you’re looking to linger above the Spokane River, watching spectacular and imposing waterfalls crash up- and downstream of you in the middle of downtown, without a single car buzzing …


Getting There: County pushes forward with work on Bigelow Gulch Urban Connector

One day a widened and redesigned Bigelow Gulch Road will smooth and speed traffic from north Spokane to the northeast side of Spokane Valley, passing through what’s now the mostly …


UPDATED: Mon., April 13, 2020

Getting There: Fare-free buses came to Spokane out of necessity; 1 councilwoman wants STA to keep it

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 …


Getting There: A new vision for Division starts to take shape, with bus rapid transit running on a street freed up by the NSC

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., March 30, 2020

Getting There: WSDOT watches traffic movement, aiding officials monitoring virus’ movement

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 …


Getting There: Rappelling engineers get close-up look at aging Latah Creek Bridge

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.


Getting There: STA, riders work to keep buses safe and moving, despite coronavirus concerns

With officials city-, state- and worldwide urging people to practice social distancing and avoid crowds as much as possible to slow the virus’ spread, the very nature of public transit …


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Getting There: With work about to begin on city’s first greenway, active transportation advocate pushes for more

Jessica Engelman, who recently founded the grassroots advocacy group Spokane Active Transportation, has a long list of big issues she hopes to combat by advocating for alternative modes of transportation …


Getting There: Process of changing downtown parking to dynamic, tiered system moves forward

“Everyone think this is about a money grab, and it’s not,” said Julie Dixon, whose firm is leading the process of implementing the results of a parking study done by …


Getting There: After glacial progress, East Central braces for effects of North Spokane Corridor’s eventual arrival at I-90

New plans for an on-ramp to the North Spokane Corridor off Hamilton Street have freed up some of the real estate in the East Central neighborhood that was going to …


Getting There: As traffic backs up and becomes unsafe on Highway 195, transit planners search for an off-ramp

Plans for how to handle increased development southwest of Spokane were discussed in the early 1990s, but funding was never found for those projects. That’s led to motorists finding themselves …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Getting There: With City Line coming, STA plans expanded service elsewhere; plus, double-decker buses to Cheney?

A Spokane Transit Authority proposal would put double-decker buses on the busy route between Spokane and the home of Eastern Washington University. While that’s perhaps the most fun fact about …


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 …