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Stories tagged: potholes


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019

Getting There: High-tech mapping of potholes will help city manage streets

Snowmelt reveals many things. The first crocus, tulips and daffodil blossoms of spring. The trash and dog poop that people left behind, thinking somehow the snow would make those left-behinds …


Domino’s on streets, not for pizzas but to fix potholes

News outlets report national delivery-based pizza chain Domino’s is aiming to make commutes around the country a little less hellish, by helping to repair potholes.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017

Spokane gets extra $5 million to rebuild roads over the next two years

Federal grant money will be used to repave roads that were initially rebuilt 10-15 years ago, city officials said Monday. The announcement comes as the city wraps up work on …


Spokane driver beats city in pothole court case

Dwight Bailey, a retired investigator for the Washington State Gambling Commission, got a rejection letter like many other Spokane drivers this spring. He convinced a small claims court judge the …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017

Spokane adds two pothole trailers to fleet, doubling response following harsh winter

The trailers will be pulled by existing trucks owned by the Streets Department, which has already filled close to 4,000 potholes this year. The new equipment will allow the city …


UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017

Spokane drivers who struck potholes get few payouts as city makes record investment on road maintenance

The firm reviewing legal claims against the city for damage caused by potholes denied 101 of 103 claims made in the month of February. Mayor David Condon said he understands …


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017

Spokane adds $1 million in street repairs to already busy construction season

The city of Spokane plans to spend an extra $1 million to repair arterial streets damaged by this year’s cold, wet winter.


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 …


Weathercatch: Looking back at February, the groundhog and potholes

How fitting that when the groundhog saw its shadow on Feb. 2, signaling six more weeks of winter, it would turn out to be February’s coldest day in the Spokane …


Mother Nature heightens chronic street problems

The city is limited in what it can do given the resources it has and how much the public is willing to spend.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017

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

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.


Pothole repairs will have to wait until flooding recedes for Spokane County crews

Potholes aren’t high on the to-do list with road crews trying to save rural roads from destruction by flooding.


You can make a claim for pothole-caused damage, but it’s hard to collect

More than a dozen motorists with vehicle damage filed claims against the city because of potholes last week. To successfully recoup some of those costs, they may have to show …


Spokane Valley weighs funding for pothole fix

Spokane Valley must decide how many potholes are too many – and how to pay for fixing its streets.


I-90 through Coeur d’Alene repaired after pavement broke apart in midwinter thaw

Interstate 90 through Coeur d’Alene has been repaired after a mid-winter thaw caused the frozen surface to break apart


Spokane’s pothole hysteria is outdated

It’s the rallying cry of every critic of anything in Spokane city government: Why don’t they just fix the streets? Suing Monsanto? Why don’t they fix the streets? Passing a …


Gary Crooks: Run government like government

Performance reviews don’t work for politicians because positive outcomes are in the eye of the beholder. For instance, a council member could tout additional bike lanes, but you may hate …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 5, 2015

Doug Clark: Let’s follow Michigan town’s lead, take pothole repair into our own hands

Doug Clark likes the idea, born in a bar, of the Hamtramck Guerrilla Road Repair crew — if the city won’t fill potholes, let the citizens do it.


City street crews change course with break in winter weather

Spokane street crews have gotten a break from snowplowing this winter, but the tradeoff is an early start to pothole season. Monday, Spokane Mayor David Condon held a pothole-filling demonstration …


Getting There: New LED signs planned for I-90, Highway 2

Five electronic highway signs on Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 2 in the Spokane area are getting an update this year. The existing signs date to 1995 and use outdated …


Tab tax revenue drives street talk

Six months before the debut of a new tax on vehicles, city leaders are starting to debate how to spend the revenue. Spokane will begin collecting $20 tab fees on …


Council debates use of tab tax

Six months from the introduction of a new tax on vehicles, city leaders are starting to debate how the money will be spent.


Open houses to address projects planned for Grand, Mission

The seventh year of Spokane’s street reconstruction program is kicking off this week with the first of two open houses on work planned for the year. Residents living near Grand …


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.


Vestal: Smooth streets well worth turmoil of construction

What does it say about driving in Spokane that cruising on the new Lincoln Street on the South Hill is such a ridiculous pleasure? No bouncing, no jouncing, no squeaking …


Rough country roads sorely need improvement

It’s the time of year when we are all ready for spring. It is beautiful in the Elk-Chattaroy area when everything blooms. That’s the very good part of the Elk-Chattaroy …


Lane closed on westbound I-90 near state line

North Idaho traffic in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 at the Washington state line was slowed this morning as workers from the Idaho Department of Transportation worked to repair …


In brief: Tell city about gargantuan potholes

As Spokane Valley’s record snow and ice recedes like glaciers from the last Ice Age, residents are finding some mastodon-size potholes – and city officials want to know where they …