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Spokane Transit to host regional open house March 26

Spokane Transit to host regional open house March 26

 

Spokane Transit (STA) will host a regional open house focusing on Proposition No. 1, which, if approved, will generate additional revenue to maintain service and fund more than 25 regional projects. Voters will decide whether to approve a 0.3% sales tax increase in a special election on April 28, 2015.

 

The open house will be held this Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the STA Plaza, Main Floor Rotunda, at 701 W. Riverside Avenue.

 

“The open house will be a great opportunity for community members to speak with STA staff about Proposition 1 and the proposed transit projects, which include several system improvements throughout the region, new night and weekend service, expanded Paratransit service, improved passenger amenities, as well as replacement of vehicles at the end of their useful life,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO.

 

Each of the regional transit projects was identified through an intensive public outreach process over the last three years.

 

Washington State Patrol uses latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident

 

The Washington State Patrol released their newest edition of their Good to Know video series (view above), which features detectives using the latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident, ensuring driver and officer safety.

 

According to the WSP, the Trimble Laser Scanner does the work traditionally done by detectives, but in about half the time and with only one operator. The machine scans items at the scene in order to recreate a 3-D version of the surrounding area which helps investigators determine the cause of the collision.

 

WSP uses the Trimble to reduce road closure time while still conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. The device can also be used at other types of crimes such as homicides, to document the location of important evidence.

 

Seasonal weight restrictions in effect on Spokane County roads

Seasonal weight restrictions in effect on Spokane County roads

 

Seasonal weight restrictions are in effect on many Spokane County roads and will continue until further notice.

 

Roadway surfaces, and the structures beneath the surface, have become weakened during this winter's cycle of freezing temperatures, followed by warmer temperatures and precipitation. As a result, roads are vulnerable to severe damage and the implementation of weight restrictions reduces the need for increased road maintenance and vehicle repairs later this year. The County said these changes can differ each year. This means that different roads may, or may not, be restricted and the time frame for implementing the restrictions.

 

Seasonal weight restrictions on County roads to begin soon

Seasonal weight restrictions on County roads to begin soon

Spokane County’s Engineering and Roads Department announced today that seasonal weight restrictions will begin within the next 1-3 weeks on county roads and continue until further notice.

Roadway surfaces and the structures beneath the surface have become weakened during this winter’s cycle of freezing temperatures, followed by warmer temperatures and precipitation. As a result, roads are vulnerable to severe damage and the implementation of weight restrictions reduces the need for increased road maintenance and vehicle repairs later this year. These changes can differ each year. This means that different roads may, or may not, be restricted and the time frame for implementing the restrictions.

State approves funds to upgrade 49 rail crossings in Spokane and Whitman counties

State approves funds to upgrade 49 rail crossings in Spokane and Whitman counties

State regulators approved funding for safety upgrades at 49 railroad crossings in Spokane and Whitman counties on Tuesday.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved a Grade Crossing Protective Fund (GCPF) grant at the request of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). WSDOT owns the railroad line and contracts with Washington & Idaho Railway (WIR), which operates over the tracks.

WSDOT will receive $12,250 to replace cross bucks and cross-buck posts, install or replace yield and stop signs, replace multiple track signs, and install reflective tape at the public crossings.

Two Spokane County bridges to receive replacement funding from WSDOT

Two Spokane County bridges to receive replacement funding from WSDOT

This week, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) selected 32 city and county projects that will replace, remove, or repair structurally deficient bridges. These projects are in line to receive more than $70 million in federal highway funds. 

Two Spokane County bridges made the list: The Ritchey Road Bridge over Deep Creek will receive $1,490,321, and the Monroe Road Bridge is set to receive $1,200,837. These funds will go toward the replacement of each bridge.

According to WSDOT, these investments will improve and preserve critical, locally owned transportation infrastructure.

“Approximately half of these bridges are beyond the point of repair and need to be replaced,” said Kathleen Davis, WSDOT Local Programs director. “And by repairing and preserving the other half, we are adding many years of operation to their lifespans.”

TRAFFIC ALERT: Vantage Bridge on I-90 closed

TRAFFIC ALERT: Vantage Bridge on I-90 closed

A multi-vehicle accident involving an estimated 15 semitrucks and 6 cars has prompted Washington State Department of Transportation to close part of Interstate 90 in central Washington.

I-90 westbound is closed at milepost 136 near the Vantage Bridge over the Columbia river, and eastbound at milepost 115 near Kittitas.

Drivers are being detoured onto local roads. There is no estimate for a reopening time. 

The collision occured just after 11 am eastbound near milepost 127.