Each year, 24 million people use rest areas in the state. The Washington Department of Transportation is asking the legislature to dole out $375 to $525 million over the next 15 years to keep the facilities operable. Most rest areas in the state were built before the year 1975.
It is still legal for drivers in the state to use studded tires for part of the year between Nov. 1 and March 31. That window of time still applies to drivers from other states who pass through Washington. Drivers found with studded tires outside that window are subject to fines.
Nearly four years to the day since Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and then-Oregon Gov. Kate Brown restarted the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement effort, Inslee revisited the bridge on Thursday to reaffirm his commitment to the project.
Until Thursday, the completed portion of the North Spokane Corridor was entirely north of Spokane. Now, for the first time since the north-south freeway was first envisioned more than 70 years ago, there is a drivable portion open within city limits.
With the barrage of bridges offering pedestrians connection through downtown Spokane, you’d think crossing the river would be easy. But the task is becoming ever more complicated as the city works to improve its bridges, trails and roads before the anniversary of Expo ’74 in May.