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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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

‘Tumblegeddon’: Drivers ring in the new year trapped under tumbleweeds, rescued with snowplows

“Some people were pretty calm, and others were a little bit more panicked,” said Washington State Patrol Trooper Sarah Clasen. “And, I mean, a couple cars had kids in them. …


Pacific Northwest seeing stormy end to 2019

The Pacific Northwest will ring in the new year with a stormy weather pattern that is expected to bring rounds of heavy rain, gusty winds and snow to the mountains.


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

I-90 reopens after hay-truck fire closes interstate west of Vantage

A hay truck fire led to a brief closure of all lanes of Interstate 90 six miles west of Vantage on Wednesday afternoon.


Interstate 90, state Route 902 to Medical Lake will get roundabouts, DOT says

The Washington Department of Transportation plans to start in June the construction of multiple roundabouts on both sides of the Interstate 90 freeway where it intersects with Highway 902 to …


Meeting on Highway 2-Colbert Road intersection draws crowd: Officials promise options for crossing, but cite affordability

Well over 200 people packed into a standing-room-only meeting with the Washington Department of Transportation last week at Mountainside Middle School after a recent series of crashes at the intersection …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018

PIRG calls North Spokane Corridor a ‘boondoggle’

Spokane’s north-south freeway is one of nine highway projects featured in “Highway Boondoggles 4,” a report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group issued in June.


State must replace hundreds more culverts to save salmon

U.S. Supreme Court lets stand a decision that put Washington on the hook for replacing hundreds of culverts in an effort to save salmon while refusing to order federal government …


WSDOT seeking drivers for pilot program

The Washington Department of Transportation is looking for a few thousand good drivers – particularly in Asotin and Garfield counties – to help test a new way to fund the …


Sue Lani Madsen: Short line railroads are a vital part of Washington’s transportation grid

The state’s short line railroads boost economic development and trade, and reduce carbon emissions and wear-and-tear on roadways, says Sue Lani Madsen.


Getting There: State calling for volunteers to count walkers, bicyclists

The Washington state Department of Transportation is asking for the public’s help to count the number of people walking or bicycling to their destinations. Volunteers are being enlisted to provide …


Doug Clark: Couple in troubled water over disputed bridge toll

I cracked this caper five minutes after saying howdy to Dennis and Shirley Wendlandt in the front yard of their pink cinderblock home in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood. And I’m …


Judge dismisses Tapio lawsuit against WSDOT

Owners of a prominent business center say the long delay in finishing the North Spokane Corridor has cost them millions. But the claim made in a lawsuit by the owners …


Beautification project tackles Spokane’s ‘gateways’

Spokane city officials are pushing forward with a long-term plan to clean, paint and upgrade downtown underpasses under Interstate 90 and the BNSF Railway tracks. Launched last year, the effort …


Interstate 90 widening includes addition of sound walls

Anytime the state builds, widens or restores a piece of freeway through the city, it may be obligated to build a noise wall to buffer the sound. Federal highway rules …


Getting There: Repairs to squeeze I-90 commutes

If you think the construction backups on Interstate 90 in Spokane have been bad so far this year, just wait until next month. On July 11, yet another freeway construction …


Getting There: State designing upgrades for I-90

Big freeway improvements take so long to plan and build that state engineers have already started design work on improvements to Interstate 90 from Barker to Harvard roads even though …


Mudslides close U.S. 2 at Leavenworth

Mudslides just north of Leavenworth have closed U.S. Highway 2 for approximately 16 miles.


Work starts today to widen I-90 in Spokane Valley

The 2011 road construction season moves into high gear today with the start of a $15 million project to widen Interstate 90 to six lanes from Sullivan to Barker roads. …


Layoff notices hit county’s embattled right-of-way office

Six Spokane County right-of-way workers received layoff notices Tuesday in the wake of severe criticism by state officials. The notices, effective April 29, apply to everyone in the right-of-way office …


For roadways, major work; for drivers, major headache

Drivers in the Spokane area are going to have another construction season of slowdowns under a series of major projects planned for Interstate 90 and Division Street. Studded tires have …


City analysis notes bike route’s potential for snarled traffic

Removing a lane for cars in favor of one for bicycles along Second Avenue downtown would cause longer traffic backups during rush hour in at least two locations, Spokane officials …


Getting There: Bus line links Spokane to northern neighbors

Folks living along the U.S. Highway 395 corridor north of Spokane are going to get a new choice for transportation. The state of Washington has launched bus service between Kettle …


State to add lanes to I-90 from Sullivan to Barker

The state Department of Transportation announced on Monday that it plans to add a third lane to Interstate 90 in each direction from Sullivan Road to Barker Road, with the …


Third lane planned for I-90 from Sullivan to Barker

The Washington state Department of Transportation announced today that it plans to add a third lane to Interstate 90 in each direction from Sullivan Road to Barker Road with the …


Gas tax debate rekindled in Idaho

There’s good reason Washington license plates are such a common sight at Idaho gas stations near the state line – gas is just plain cheaper in Idaho. Among the reasons: …


Inspection and scales moving to fast lane

A $6.7 million Washington port of entry and weigh station complex under construction along Interstate 90 at the Idaho state line will provide nonstop service to many truckers, Department of …


Rock blasting to close I-90 at Snoqualmie tonight

Interstate 90 on the east side of Snoqualmie Pass is going to be closed for one hour at 8 p.m. for rock blasting as part of freeway widening from Hyak …