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New Spokane streets director battles floods, potholes and snow; earns council’s approval

Wild weather has led to a plethora of problems for Spokane’s streets. Solving them became Gary Kaesemeyer’s job earlier this year, and the City Council recognized his work Monday by …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 7:14 a.m.

Ousted streets director Serbousek pegged to return to old job as bridge engineer

Public Works Director Scott Simmons said Mark Serbousek’s expertise in bridge design and construction is needed as Spokane looks to build and maintain several high-profile spans in the city limits. …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Bigger crews, new equipment and materials called in to combat Spokane’s potholes

Mayor David Condon said residents deserved a more concentrated approach to repairing the city’s pothole problem, during a news conference Friday. Workers from the sewer and water departments will be …


Doug Clark: They’re not potholes, they’re Spokane pits of opportunity

Columnist Doug Clark imagines what bits of constructive criticism former streets director Mark Serbousek might leave for his successor, as Spokane grapples with its seemingly endless pothole problem.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 4:27 p.m.

Ousted Spokane street director writing reports on improving city streets while officials determine future

Mark Serbousek is preparing reports for Public Works Director Scott Simmons on how things could be performed differently in the streets department, a city spokeswoman said Wednesday. Serbousek was relieved …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 10:19 p.m.

Spokane officials remain mum on former street director’s removal as snow plowing continues

Mark Serbousek’s future job is still being determined at City Hall as snow plows continue their full-city plow, the third so far this season.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

Spokane street director relieved of his duties, officials mum on cause

A day before 7 inches of snow fell on the city, Spokane Mayor David Condon replaced the city’s street director. The City Council said they have not been given specifics …


Tests prompt Spokane to stick with current de-icer despite presence of PCBs

After two rounds of testing on a handful of ice-fighting products, the city of Spokane will continue to use liquid magnesium chloride de-icer on its winter streets, even though it …


City of Spokane’s Serbousek keeps his eyes on the road

How can you tell which kids are likely to become engineers? They’re the ones like Mark Serbousek. The treehouse builders and tunnel diggers. The ones who tear something apart to …


Sculptures over Freya Street deemed unsafe in high winds

The future of three colorful sculptures that moved in the wind on the Freya Street Bridge is in limbo as officials debate an unexpected engineering challenge. The artwork by local …


Snow rules will be considered

That guy who pushed all the snow from his driveway into the street could have to pay for blocking your morning commute. The Spokane City Council on Monday will consider …


Ignoring plow rules could result in $30 fine

The first declared snow emergency of the winter in Spokane brings with it a new weapon in the city’s ability to enforce its winter storm parking rules: $30 parking tickets. …


East Francis Avenue will get ‘skin patches’ before rebuilding

Next year, Francis Avenue east of Division will be completely rebuilt. But street officials have determined that deterioration of Francis requires at least a partial fix immediately, so thin layers …


Expired parking meter would cost $25 under plan

Motorists could soon face heftier fines for parking too long at downtown parking meters. The Spokane City Council is scheduled tonight to consider raising parking ticket fines from $15 to …


Clark: Adventures in pothole repair

In Spokane’s never-ending war on potholes, one thing is painfully clear. I wouldn’t last two minutes in the fight.


Extreme November weather has historic company

Getting There today is devoted to not getting there. The last two weeks have been among the worst that winter has thrown at the Inland Northwest in the past century, …


Melt, anticipated freeze give urgency to removal

Cold weather forecast for this weekend is threatening to turn Thursday’s thick, heavy mess of melting snow into rugged ridges of ice. Road crews in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene …


City using contractors to help clear the streets

Spokane’s decision to call in private grader operators to help clear roads adds an extra financial burden in an already cash-strapped year. But officials say the need to maintain passable …


Firms, city settle over flaws at new fueling and washing center

Three construction and design firms will pay Spokane a total of $750,000 to fix flaws in the city’s new vehicle fueling and washing center. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously …


Rules clear paths for snow plows

After two harsh winters in a row, Spokane leaders are implementing new parking and shoveling rules to help maintain a clearer city. If a storm brings 2 inches of snow …


Freya bridge work enters next phase

Truella Stone often witnessed car crashes during slick conditions in front of her store along Freya Street Cars driving over a railroad bridge struggled to stop at the light at …