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Stories tagged: roads

Monroe Street work begins next week as road construction season kicks off

The lane reduction project, which has sparked some controversy along the 1.1-mile stretch of road leading from Spokane’s downtown to the Garland District, is scheduled to begin work next week. …

UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018

Construction starts on new overpass at Bigelow Gulch and Forker

A $9.4 million project to improve safety and congestion at Bigelow Gulch and Forker roads is underway after almost 20 years of planning.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018

Trump calls for $200 billion for infrastructure spending nationwide; Washington needs $140 billion

Washington’s roads and bridges need nearly $140 billion in investments, but it’s unclear what Eastern Washington could get out of President Trump’s infrastructure plan.

Developer drops plans for controversial North Indian Trail apartment complex

Developer Harley Douglass is pursuing a different use for 50 acres of undeveloped land off North Indian Trail Road, according to paperwork filed last month with the Washington Court of …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017

Winter storm set to blanket Spokane on Thursday with 3 to 7 inches of snow

The Spokane region is due for another round of a wet, white shellacking – just in time for New Year’s weekend.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017

Snow plows to roll through Spokane neighborhoods Tuesday

Residents are asked to move their cars to the odd side of the street to allow snow plows to pass. More snow is expected later this week, with the best …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017

Lincoln and Monroe work gets final approval after city shaves $103,000 from cost estimate

The final price tag for the two-year project that repaired utilities and repaved a 10-block stretch of the downtown couplet was lowered after some concern from the City Council they …

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.