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Millwood wins grant for warning devices at Marguerite Street rail crossing

The money was part of $1.5 million in rail safety grant funds awarded Monday by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.


Getting There: The Monroe Street Bridge – all three of them – have stood the test of time

The concrete span connecting the west end of downtown with the north side has a storied history that began with a wooden structure in 1888. Cable cars, horse-drawn carriages and …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019, 9 p.m.

Rathdrum man dies after crashing into tree near Twin Lakes

Responding deputies said the driver, James A. Chaney, 53, appeared to have crashed near the intersection of West Twin Lakes Road and North Lakeview Boulevard some time before they arrived …


New solution proposed for bus complaints on East Sprague

Nearly five months after the Spokane Transit Authority rebuffed Spokane Mayor David Condon’s request to move bus stops on East Sprague Avenue, the City Council will consider using technology to …


Then and Now: Thor/Ray arterial

City Engineer A.M. Eschbach called Freya on the South Hill as “one of the most excessive grades in the city.” The solution was to use Thor Street and tie it …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 9:25 p.m.

Children are back in school, so slow down and be safe

Spokane drivers will have at least 30,000 reasons to ease up on the gas pedal Thursday morning. That’s how many students will be walking, driving, busing and perhaps even skateboarding …


100 years ago in Vantage, Washington: Windstorm strands hundreds of motorists after ferry is swept away

Some motorists reported being stranded for 48 hours, and that locals were providing food “at exorbitant prices.” A line continued to form as more drivers arrived hoping to cross the …


Getting There: No chalk on the tires in Spokane’s parking enforcement

Federal appellate courts ruled “chalking” tires, a method of determining whether a parker has remained at a space for too long, was unconstitutional. But Spokane ceased the practice downtown at …


Getting There: Country Homes was a ‘route through empty fields,’ now it’s major thoroughfare being repaired

Five weeks of construction begins today on Country Homes, a boulevard born from legislation and condemnation.


UPDATED: Sun., July 21, 2019, 5:41 p.m.

Post Falls man airlifted to hospital Sunday after being struck on Highway 95 north of Athol

Idaho State Police say 19-year-old Nicholas Eloe left his Ford pickup trying to retrieve a lost item on U.S. Highway 95 north of Athol just after noon on Sunday. He …


UPDATED: Sun., July 21, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

Spokane police stop driver suspected of DUI in Vinegar Flats neighborhood Sunday

Spokane Police stopped an SUV that was driving erratically in the Vinegar Flats neighborhood late Sunday morning. No one was injured, but Inland Empire Way between 14th and 15th avenues …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

City adds a flashing warning sign for truck drivers with tall trucks and short attention spans

Short of lowering the road or raising the railroad bridge, there’s only so much Spokane can do for inattentive motorists on Stevens Street.


Motorcyclist killed in Sunday collision

A motorcycle rider died Sunday night when he collided with a vehicle in north Spokane, according to police.


Police: New Mexico driver fled and said, ‘I don’t think so’

A New Mexico woman is facing charges after police say she fled an officer during a traffic stop and told him, “I don’t think so.” Dona County court documents show …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 6:36 a.m.

‘Walk’ sign would display for pedestrians without having to push button under proposed Spokane pedestrian safety rules

The city’s reliance on automobiles leads to the inevitable interaction between motorists and pedestrians. In 2018, there were 162 collisions between pedestrians and cars in Spokane, four of which were …


UPDATED: Mon., April 22, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

Man injured after he ‘darted out into traffic’ on Sprague Avenue near Spokane Valley Costco

A man was injured Monday after running out into morning traffic on Sprague Avenue near Costco in Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 10:02 p.m.

Boom truck snags overhead power lines in northeast Spokane, causing hundreds of power outages

A boom truck became tangled in power lines on East Broadway Avenue Thursday afternoon, leading to hundreds of power outages in northeast Spokane.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 10:01 p.m.

Spokane Transit’s Central City Line wins $53.4 million in federal money, fully funding the project

When up and running in 2021, the streetcar-like, fixed-route, zero-emission bus will run through the city’s core, connecting Browne’s Addition with Spokane Community College with frequent service on a 6-mile …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Spokane sheriff’s deputy hit by SUV in north Spokane County while responding to 911 call

A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy, driving with his lights and siren on, was hit by an SUV at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Farwell Road on Tuesday morning.


Then and Now: Maple Street Bridge

The Maple Street Bridge, which opened to traffic on July 1, 1958, is 1,716 feet long, towering 125 feet above the Spokane River, and its road surface is 50 feet …


Explosives on truck that ran off road near Coeur d’Alene bombs, not missiles, ISP clarifies

The materials were inspected by ordnance specialists from Fairchild Air Force Base after a truck driver drove the load into a snow bank at a rest stop near Coeur d’Alene …


Study calls for removal of left-turn barrier on 29th at Pittsburg, more street connections on South Hill

A traffic study of 29th Avenue on Spokane’s South Hill recommends removing a center lane barrier at Pittsburg Street and extending Crestline Street to connect with Southeast Boulevard.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 9:48 a.m.

Deputies respond to back-to-back DUI incidents on Bigelow Gulch Road

A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Monday evening after crashing his pickup truck into a ditch along Bigelow Gulch Road. When the vehicle was removed …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 11:39 a.m.

Northbound lanes of Maple Street Bridge closed after vehicle crashes, lands on its top

Emergency crews are working to reopen the northbound lanes of the Maple Street Bridge after a vehicle crashed and landed on its top


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

‘Seattle Squeeze’: City gears up for major highway closure

A major thoroughfare for commuters along downtown Seattle’s waterfront is shutting down for good, ushering in what officials say will be one of the most painful traffic periods in the …


Seattle braces for highway closure, historic traffic squeeze

A major thoroughfare for commuters along downtown Seattle’s waterfront is set to shut down for good, ushering in what officials say will be one of the most painful traffic periods …


Woman, 72, dies in crash with semi near Sagle

A 72-year-old Bonners Ferry woman dies in a car crash on Friday near Sagle, Idaho.


Holiday travel numbers expected to hit a record high; snow possible in low-lying areas of Eastern Washington

The trade group AAA estimates a 4.4 percent increase in holiday travel nationwide this year compared to 2017, and weather conditions are expected to be wet and potentially snowy in …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 4:03 p.m.

Man hospitalized after hit-and-run crash Friday night

A 64-year-old man was sent to the hospital after a hit-and-run car crash Friday night on East Trent Avenue and North Fancher Road.


Study finds some users think marijuana can sober you up enough to drive. Wrong, says the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

A new traffic study sponsored by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission shows that one out of every 10 survey respondents admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana before driving.