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Getting There: After glacial progress, East Central braces for effects of North Spokane Corridor’s eventual arrival at I-90

New plans for an on-ramp to the North Spokane Corridor off Hamilton Street have freed up some of the real estate in the East Central neighborhood that was going to …


Neighbors cite dangers of driving U.S. 195 south of I-90

Traffic issues on U.S. Highway 195 south of where it intersects with Interstate 90 have been a topic of discussion for years, and about a hundred people turned out Monday …


Getting There: As traffic backs up and becomes unsafe on Highway 195, transit planners search for an off-ramp

Plans for how to handle increased development southwest of Spokane were discussed in the early 1990s, but funding was never found for those projects. That’s led to motorists finding themselves …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

City limits proposed 98-home Eagle Ridge-area development until Highway 195 is improved

The Spokane hearing examiner approved a new development near Eagle Ridge on Friday, with a condition: Until the Washington Department of Transportation makes improvements to U.S. 195, Whipple Consulting Engineers …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 2, 2020

‘Rapid growth and unmet transportation needs’ make Idaho roads more dangerous, official says

A state official says Idaho’s roads are becoming increasingly dangerous with distracted drivers and a growing number of motorists.


Getting There: Plans for Centennial Trail through West Central draw pushback that could result in new connection

The city of Spokane hopes to make up a gap in the popular paved trail that starts in Riverside State Park by replacing sidewalks in the West Central neighborhood, using …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

US seeks to tighten rules covering service animals on planes

The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday announced plans to tighten rules around service animals. The biggest change would be that only dogs would qualify.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 19, 2020

Getting There: Local crews largely stick to salt to de-ice area roads

The search for de-icers that don’t involve salt – and, by extension, don’t corrode cars or contaminate bodies of water – have led some states and researchers to experiment with …


5 big issues the Washington Legislature will debate in 2020

Some years, the Legislature faces huge issues, spends months in partisan wrangling and needs extra weeks or even months to complete some tasks. 2020 might not be one of them.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Getting There: As area fleet of tow plows grows, one driver makes driving the complex rig look easy

A 2-for-1 approach to snow plowing may look easy, but operators like Kent Reitmeier have to deal with a lot of potential issues at once. Including impatient drivers trying to …


BNSF to use divers to remove fuel from train engine in Kootenai River after rock slide

While the train track damaged by a rock slide on New Year’s Day re-opened Saturday, two engines are still in the Kootenai River about 10 miles east of Bonners Ferry.


Getting There: Spokane plans to extend mobile phone payment at parking meters

Spokanites are learning to leave the quarters behind. The city continues to see robust usage of the Passport parking app through mobile phones, and on Monday the City Council is …


Getting There: The 2010s were a great decade for Spokane’s cyclists

In the past 10 years, the city has more than tripled its miles of bikeways and connected parts of town previously impassable on two wheels. With a new batch of …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

15 killed, 66 hurt after plane crashes in Kazakhstan

A Kazakhstan plane with 98 people aboard has crashed shortly after takeoff early Friday, killing at least 15 people


Getting There: Spokane considering other tax options for roads after passage of I-976

Tim Eyman’s $30 car tab initiative has put the city in a bind trying to come up with cash for its future road projects. City Council President-elect Breean Beggs is …


‘We need each other more than we pretend’: Data contradicts sense of geographic imbalance in state taxes, services

Based on some calculations, Spokane residents get more from the state General Fund – but less from the Transportation Fund – than they send Olympia in taxes. But the formulas …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Getting There: Coming soon to a reader board near you - holiday reminders to not drink or text and drive

The Washington Department of Transportation is hoping to turn some heads with their reader boards on Interstate 90 and throughout the region this holiday season, with messages intending to make …


Getting There: ‘Clear gas’ a returning phenomenon, but most cars don’t need it

Eighteen fill-up stations in Spokane and Spokane Valley offer gasoline with no ethanol or lead, additives that have been included throughout the years to improve engine performance and reduce emissions. …


Wondering what you owe for that December license tab? Here’s how to find out

Washington motorists wondering how much they must pay to renew their December license tabs may have to wait for weeks to get the official notice from the state Department of …


Confusion swirls around local transit projects with car tab measure stuck in court

As court battles continue over the future of Initiative 976 – the $30 car tab measure approved by voters last month – questions about how it will affect local projects …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

Spokane City Council pumps brakes on self-driving bus service Olli

The Spokane City Council hit the brakes Monday on a proposal that would have brought a self-driving bus to Riverfront Park.


Getting There: Altamont Street again open below low railroad bridge

Six minutes after 9 a.m. on Oct. 23, a northbound semi-truck collided with the south side of the Altamont bridge. Nearly a month passed before Altamont reopened below the bridge, …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

Judge blocks Eyman’s $30 car tab measure

A King County Superior Court judge temporarily halted the Dec. 5 implementation of Initiative 976, which would limit car tabs to $30 a year, eliminate a host of programs that …


Getting There: Wellesley closure just another chapter in avenue’s history tied to growth of Spokane

Residents along the road passionately lobbied City Hall to resist widening Wellesley Avenue in the early 1960s, among them Grace McDonald, who persuaded 1,000 people to sign a petition against …


Then and Now: Latah Creek Bridge

The Latah Creek bridge, also known as the Sunset Boulevard bridge, was built after the Monroe Street Bridge in downtown and features a similar design. It was constructed in large …


Getting There: Pay heed, motorists, to the South Hill stop sign

A very unscientific survey last week at High Drive and Grand Avenue shows motorists heading south on Grand have not yet adapted to a stop sign installed at the intersection …


Agencies, lawmakers scramble to fill $4 billion pothole from I-976

State agencies and lawmakers are looking for solutions to the loss of billions of dollars that would have come from Initiative 976.


Project for Barker Road, Interstate 90 roundabouts in design phase

The Washington State Department of Transportation is finalizing plans to install two roundabouts at the Interstate 90 on- and off-ramps at Barker Road in Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Spokane City Council members would consider asking voters to keep car registration fees after passage of I-976

A majority of Spokane City Council members said they are open to asking voters to reinstate an annual $20 car registration fee, or find other tax sources, to fund local …


Getting There: A friendly reminder that Spokane drivers don’t need studded tires

Studless winter tires provide the same amount of grip and don’t contribute to the mounting deterioration of our nation’s roadways that traffic engineers and experts are warning against.