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Stories tagged: roads

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 …

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.

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017

Spokane County declares emergency as flooded creeks wash out roads

Spokane County has declared a state of emergency in response to several road washouts.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017

Ambulance catches fire after crash on I-90 in Spokane

An ambulance crashed and caught on fire early Thursday morning on Interstate 90 near U.S. Highway 2, prompting Washington State Patrol officials to close westbound I-90 for a few hours.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017

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.

City finishes plowing snow

City crews have finished plowing snow on Spokane streets, ending the stage two snow event declared on Christmas Day.

Weather service issues winter storm warning for Inland Northwest on Monday night

Heavy snow is expected to fall around the region, beginning after 6 p.m. Monday. Driving conditions will be poorest between midnight and 4 a.m., forecasters say, with snow moving out …

Staci Lehman: New direction for transportation planning

Projects that propose adding new lanes will have to justify why it is needed. Project sponsors will have to document that they considered the needs of all transportation users when …

Washington State Patrol reports fatal crash in Whitman County

A crash involving a semi truck and two cars killed one person early Thursday in Whitman County, the Washington State Patrol reported.

Valley forum looks at options for road funds

At an open forum at Spokane Valley Tech on Tuesday morning, city staff presented the financial reasons why a different source of revenue is needed if Spokane Valley wants to …

Downtown construction of Lincoln and Monroe streets will be completed next year

A single layer of asphalt will be laid down on Lincoln and Monroe streets downtown to allow full traffic flow during the winter, following a busy summer that left some …

Mayor David Condon’s 2017 budget calls for 16 percent increase in spending and shift of police resources to property crimes

Spokane has the highest property-crime rate among Washington’s largest cities, a problem Mayor David Condon wants to address by moving police from patrol and traffic to investigations.

Spokane officials: Complicated downtown road construction could extend to next year

City staff overseeing the $3.1 million road reconstruction project in downtown Spokane urged patience Monday as they deal with labyrinthine utility infrastructure underground. Closing streets and paying overtime may not …

New I-90 bridge opens near Snoqualmie Pass

Traffic on Interstate 90 drove over the newly constructed avalanche bridge just east of Snoqualmie Pass for the first time Tuesday.

City moves forward with delayed Martin Luther King Jr. boulevard extension, ponders condemnation

The Spokane City Council will vote on a $3.3 million contract Monday to extend Martin Luther King Jr. Way, after four years of stagnation. They may have to go to …

Snoqualmie Pass shutdowns planned next week

Rock blasting will close Snoqualmie Pass for an hour at 7:30 p.m. three nights next week.

Washington tolling system needs improvement, audit says

Washington’s electronic tolling system doesn’t have important functions that would help it process, collect and report tolls, according to a state audit released on Wednesday.

Bend voters reject proposal to raise gas tax, improve roads

Bend voters have rejected the city’s plan to raise gas tax to pay for road improvements.

City, county road crews focus on snow removal after windstorm

Crews in Spokane County, Spokane Valley and the City of Spokane are gearing up for snow removal after last month’s devastating windstorm.

Editorial: Congress gets moving on transportation, bank

House passes long-overdue transportation package, with Ex-Im Bank hitching a ride.

Council approves $1.1 million for Bigelow Gulch Road project

The long-delayed project that would add additional lanes to Bigelow Gulch Road will get $1.1 million in federal funding after all. Spokane County commissioners pushed for the money after stakeholders …

Heat delays county road work

The dangerous wildfire season, which sidelined Spokane County road crews in May, and continued dry conditions means it’s unlikely any maintenance work will be done on unpaved roads in the …

Fire danger halts Spokane County road crews

The threat of sparking a fire close to home has left Spokane County’s 35 gravel road graders on the sidelines since May, with no immediate plans for maintenance.

Funding for North Spokane Corridor may delay county road project

Newly secured funding for the construction of the North Spokane Corridor could delay another long-gestating Spokane County road project. A regional board narrowly voted earlier this month not to return …

UPDATED: Wed., April 29, 2015

Spokane judge rules property tax exemptions legal

The City of Spokane legally extended a property tax exemption to about 4,700 residents in the wake of rising bills following the passage of a road levy by voters in …

Spokane hires new county engineer

The state’s largest county road system has its next chief. The Spokane County Commission on Tuesday selected Mitch Reister as the county engineer, who oversees more than 2,500 miles of …

Noise drives Dover petition

In the past couple of years, din and garbage have become a nuisance for residents near Badger Lake, south of the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge. Neighbors have called Spokane County Sheriff’s …

Spokane County, Valley at odds over traffic roundabout

A spat between Spokane County and Spokane Valley over a controversial traffic roundabout has the two governments at legal odds. It is the second time this year the county has …

The Rock Doc: Researchers hunt for road salt alternatives

As you watch the falling snow, do you marvel at the beauty of the scene or dread driving to work on icy pavement? Most of our nation’s roads get at …