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Spokane looks to expand school zone cameras, sidewalk and street improvements in 2019

A Spokane City Council proposal would double the number of traffic cameras to catch school-zone speeders.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

Spokane budget adds police, upgrades alleys and maintains homeless funding amid Public Works concerns

Lawmakers unanimously approved a spending plan bolstered by healthy sales and real estate tax receipts, but not before ushering through a series of amendments aimed at reversing some of the …


Flood warnings in western Washington ahead of holiday travel

Western Washington has been hit with the season’s first widespread flooding just as travelers hit the road for Thanksgiving.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017

Spokane’s 2018 budget delayed by City Council over concerns in Public Works division

A unanimous City Council on Monday delayed a vote on next year’s spending plan three weeks to get more information about the proposed movement to City Hall of six city …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017

Spokane will pick up leaves, after record-setting early season snowfall

Though the winter snow season has already begun, Spokane will still clear the streets of fallen leaves. The work began Monday and will continue through the middle of November. This …


Resolution scrapping Monroe Street ‘road diet’ put on hold by City Council

A proposal brought forward by City Councilman Mike Fagan to keep Monroe Street a four-lane road was tabled Monday to determine what ramifications such a change would have on funding …


Main Avenue ‘road diet’ downtown gets City Council nod, traffic questions remain

The Spokane City Council gave its preliminary approval of a plan to reconfigure a four-block stretch of Main Avenue to include a dedicated bike lane and larger sidewalks. The city …


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 …


Seattle tunnel machine Bertha completed disassembled

The last piece of the world’s largest tunnel-boring machine has been lifted from its disassembly pit beneath Seattle.


Spokane will plow neighborhood streets sooner under new snow removal plan in the works

Full city plows would occur when an inch or two of snow is on the ground, compared to the six that was required under old plans. The plowing would be …


A Main route through downtown: Spokane ponders dedicated bike lane, more pedestrian friendly link to University District

City Council President Ben Stuckart says Spokane should start acting now to re-imagine a four block stretch of Main Avenue in order to promote business growth by getting more people …


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: Thu., July 20, 2017

Do you hate crumbling roads? Would you pay more to fix them?

Congress hasn’t raised the federal gas tax since 1993 when Bill Clinton was president, but a narrow majority of Americans would support an increase to help fix crumbling roads and …


Then and Now: Stevens Street Extension

Before the 1960s, Stevens Street only went up the South Hill to Seventh Avenue, blocked by the cliff above and the expansive estate of Daniel Corbin, which was purchased by …


Idaho Transportation Department prepares for solar eclipse

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit eastern Idaho for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, and that could have a significant impact on the state’s highway system.


Trump pledges to make US infrastructure ‘envy of the world’

President Donald Trump ended a week dedicated to modernizing U.S. highways, railways and rivers with a thud.


Crews expect June 9 reopening of Chinook Pass

State Route 410 over Chinook Pass is scheduled to open to motorists on June 9, two weeks past the goal of a Memorial Day weekend opening.


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017

Crumbling roads and bridges bring higher taxes and fees

Lawmakers across the U.S. have approved new proposals this year to pay for transportation improvements, including tax hikes, vehicle fee increases and bond packages. Those measures extended an existing trend …


UPDATED: Fri., April 14, 2017

U.S. Highway 395 washed out in Ferry County

Overnight flooding washed out a portion of U.S. Highway 395 about 10 miles north of the Columbia River Bridge.


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017

Idaho governor allows $320 million road plan to become law

A frustrated Idaho Gov. Butch Otter allowed a $320 million transportation funding plan to become law on Tuesday, despite lodging multiple criticisms against key aspects of the measure.


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017

$9 million may be needed to repair flood-damaged roads in Spokane County

Spokane County officials predict the total cost of repairing flood-damaged roads and bridges will climb to $9 million.


Deadline to remove studded tires is March 31

Motorists have through Friday, March 31, to take the studded tires off their vehicles or face traffic fines of $136.


Slides, washouts common in saturated forests

Hikers, anglers, mushroomers, hunters and other visitors to public lands this spring should be extra wary of the possibility of roads blocked by landslides, downfall, rockfall, washouts and flooding.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017

Coalition says Washington needs $190 billion for better infrastructure

Washington needs some $190 billion in infrastructure improvements over the next 20 years and must be ready to take advantage of any new federal program to help rebuild them, a …


Charles Lane: Democracy a roadblock to rebuilding

The government has to consult with the people before irreversibly damming our rivers or excavating our towns. This can be maddening, but also one of the things that makes America …


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017

Idaho lawmakers back $52 million in emergency funds to fix roads from harsh winter

Idaho lawmakers approved $52 million in emergency road funding on Wednesday, sweeping virtually the entire state budget surplus that’s been developing during the current year into emergency repairs.


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.


Plans to widen heavily used road between Meridian, Caldwell

Plans are in the works to widen one of the Treasure Valley’s most heavily traveled roads between Meridian and Caldwell.


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

Spokane County’s damage from flooding may reach $1 million

Spokane County is no longer in a state of emergency, officials said Friday, but the total cost of repairing flood-damaged roads may climb to $1 million – far more than …