Friday, August 30, 2013
The City of Spokane received State money to fill in areas of missing sidewalks and wants to keep the public informed of their construction plan.
City Council member Jon Snyder has the details on his blog, including a map of affected areas and a letter sent home to Hamblen parents.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
So here's your eye candy for the day: kittens on the tracks shut down Brooklyn's subway service for two hours.
This is the dilemma China is facing now. They think they've found a solution though, with something called the "straddling bus," a cheaper, greener and faster alternative to buses and subways.
The bus is cool in that it is basically like a moving bridge; it spans the roadway like a bridge, allowing cars to go underneath, while passengers sit on the second level above the traffic. This keeps traffic from jamming up traffic every time the bus stops to pick up or drop off riders.
Powered by electricity and solar energy, the bus can speed up to 40 miles an hour carrying 1200-1400 passengers at a time without blocking other vehicles’ way. Also it costs about 10% of what it would cost to build a subway. Watch the video- pretty impressive.
Washington Bridge Lane Restrictions- Lane restrictions on the northbound Washington Bridge for joint repair Sept.4. Restriction in place overnight.
14th Ave. from Lincoln to Grand Rehabilitation- Unanticipated additional work, including a water main repair and gas line repair, has delayed this project. Paving of 14th from Bernard to just west of Division is complete. The crosswalk striping and permanent sign installation has been completed as well. This does not include the Division intersection.
Crestline Rehabilitation Project- This project will replace the water main in Crestline from 37th to 57th avenues; provide curb-to-curb rehabilitation of the street from 44th to 53rd avenues; and add bike lanes, sidewalks and stormwater swales along the 44th to 53rd avenue stretch.
Third Ave. from Division to Arthur- Arthur is closed at Third Avenue; Sherman Avenue is the detour route. The project also includes replacing a 12-inch water main. One lane of traffic remains open, and local access to businesses is maintained. Work will continue into October.
Sullivan Rd UPRR bridge just south of Marietta - Reduced to one lane each direction Monday through Friday for southbound bridge resurfacing. Expect congestion and delays. Those whose destinations are outside the project area are encouraged to use alternative routes such as Flora Road or Pines Road.
Farwell Rd from Market to North Spokane Corridor- Closed for summer.
Argonne Rd. Reconstruction- Restricted to one lane each direction between Wellesley and Bigelow Gulch.
Greenwood Rd from Grove to Flint- Closed to traffic. Anticipated paving Sept. 5 and 6.
In observance of Labor Day, all area government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, including SRTC.
Most state construction work will be suspended by noon on Friday, August 30 in anticipation of increased holiday traffic. Work will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd.
If you're coming downtown for Pig Out In The Park, parking meters don't have to be plugged Monday.
Offices open again Tuesday, most at 8 a.m
The annual survey by Allstate Insurance named Spokane drivers the best in the state, but and 45th among the nation’s 200 largest cities. So who has the best drivers? It's in our neck of the woods. And the worst drivers? You probably won't be surprised by the answer to that one. The Spokesman-Review has the answers.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The Spokane Regional Health District is partnering with the Inland Empire chapter of the American Planning Association for a symposium to discuss how to address our issues and what other communities are doing to proactively address their problems.
Andrew Dannenberg, Co-editor of "Making Healthy Places: Desinging and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability" will discuss how transportation planning impacts the health of our communities. Chris Comeau, with the City of Bellingham, will about talk multimodeal transportation levels of service and Bob Bengfor of MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design will share strategies for using transportation infrastructure for place making. There will also be several other professionals speaking on a variety of topics.
If you're interested in attending this symposium on September 12, here is more information and how to register.
Turns out folks in Edmonton, Alberta Canada had some questions about them too. So the folks at the Pedestrian and Bicycle Council there got out the Legos and set about showing people how to use them. Brilliant work and there's nothing I love more than a Lego stop-motion video. And where do you find hippie Lego people, by the way?
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Well, the University of Michigan wanted to get to the bottom of this and did a survey. Turns out, the majority of young people who don't drive say it's because they're too busy. What?? Yep, they say they just don't have the time to get a license.
Here are more results from this interesting study.
People who want to get a lift on the back of a bike stand close to the signs and use the international sign for needing a ride with their thumb. And apparently it's working; lots of people are allegedly getting rides all over the city on the back of bikes.
Here's more from Pop Up City.
Monday, August 26, 2013
He advocates for designing cities in circles around something resembling the traditional village green. Okay, that's cool. But then he suggests closing off the majority of residential streets to traffic; only allowing the people who actually live on them to park there. And he goes on to suggest covering many residential streets with grass to create greenspace. Hmmm... okay, but where will the people that live on those streets park?
Here's the rest of Branson's thoughts on community from his blog.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
14th Ave. from Lincoln to Grand- The project will rehabilitate 14th Avenue from Lincoln to Grand Boulevard. Unanticipated additional work, including a needed water main repair and a gas line repair, has delayed this project. Paving of 14th from Bernard to just west of Division is complete. Waterline work will complete by, August 30, 2013.
Crestline Rehabilitation Project- This project will replace the water main in Crestline from 37th to 57th avenues; provide curb-to-curb rehabilitation of the street from 44th to 53rd avenues; and add bike lanes, sidewalks and stormwater swales along the 44th to 53rd avenue stretch. Paving will begin Thursday, August 22, 2013 at the Thurston/Crestline intersection to accommodate traffic to Hamblin Elementary.
Post Street Pedestrian Detour- A temporary detour to the east side of Post is in place for pedestrian traffic. Drivers should expect delays on Post Street. Flaggers are in place to direct motorists as needed.
Third Ave. from Division to Arthur- Work to rehabilitate Third Avenue from Division east to Arthur continues. Arthur is closed at Third Avenue; Sherman Avenue is the detour route. The project also includes replacing a water main. One lane of traffic remains open.
25th Ave. Construction- Work continues on 25th Ave. from Freya to Rebecca for paving, curb repair and sidewalk and swale installation.
Euclid Ave. Water Main Replacement- Lane restrictions continue on North Foothills Drive with one lane open in each direction from Napa to Crestline. The project will replace the current 28-inch water main with a 30-inch water main in Euclid Avenue.
Rockwood Blvd. Rehabilitation- A project to rehabilitate Rockwood Boulevard from Cowley to Southeast Boulevard and Upper Terrace Road from Rockwood to 17th Avenue continues. Phase 2, from Cowley to Garfield, is closed to through traffic and is under full construction. Phase 1work continues on Rockwood from Southeast Blvd to Garfield and is open to local traffic on base lift asphalt.
Springfield Lift Station-Traffic will be impacted with full closure on Springfield between Columbus and Superior. Northbound traffic on Columbus will continue north to Cataldo. Southbound on Superior also will be directed to Cataldo.
Funding for the $15,349,000 needed to replace the bridge includes:
- $8,000,000 - Federal Bridge Program
- $1,529,000 - Washington State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board (FMSIB)
- $3,500,000 - Washington State Transportation Improvement Board, as well as a commitment of up to $500,000 in contingency funding, and
- $2,320,000 - City of Spokane Valley.
The bridge is a part of a key transportation corridor in the city of Spokane Valley, carrying about 26,000 vehicles each day, including semi trucks traveling to and from the industrial area north of the bridge. In addition to carrying traffic across the Spokane River, the bridge links the industrial area with I-90 as well as the commercial areas located north and south of the freeway.
The bridge replacement project is expected to go out for bid in January of 2014, with construction likely to begin sometime in 2014.
A new study by Bankrate.com looked at the cost of repairs, insurance premiums, gas and taxes and fees in all fifty states.
For instance, the editorial says:
- The city is millions of dollars short on its goals for reconstructing streets. Sound familiar? Same story in our region.
- Two city-owned bridges are expected to fail within 20 years. Only two?
- There is an estimated $120 million backlog of deferred street maintenance. We're still trying to figure out exactly what the pricetag is for our local backlog but we know it's going to give everyone sticker shock.
- Vancouver is considering a license tab fee increase. Spokane City already did it here and now it's being considered countywide.
The lesson? This problem isn't unique to any community. Nationwide, we're all seeing the effects of fifty years of car culture and little maintenance to keep it safe and updated. It's time to make some investments, folks.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The ocean-front town is using a new mascot, a traffic safety-obsessed crab dressed as a lifeguard, to convey safety messages. Sound cheesy? Apparently people are eating it up (Okay, that pun was cheesy), because the crustacean is being crediting with a 56% reduction in pedestrian crashes so far this year.
Below is a video example of the campaign and here is more info on it.
I feel this can hurt the image of our downtown, which, in-turn, hurts economic development. So I'm glad to see Spokane City leaders are making some changes to a law that would help control this behavior. KREM 2 News has the story on a change to the law that Council members are hoping will make a difference.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
The Marysville Costco had an 80 percent decrease in the proportion of Canadian license plates observed in its parking lot in June compared to a survey done in March, according to a study from Western Washington University.
The study used students to observe and write down the number of Canadian and U.S. vehicle license plates at more than 25 spots along the I-5 corridor and in Lynden.
Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/08/18/3151739/bridge-collapse-has-big-impact.html?#storylink=cpy
One gentleman requested a bike lane on the Maple Street Bridge because when he rides through the designated pedestrian area, it dead ends at a set of steps that he has to carry his bike down. And he said while going down isn't too much of a strain, it's on the way back when he has to carry his bike up the stairs that is a pain.
Several people told us they have a hard time getting home from work because their bus route only runs until 9 p.m. or a little later. One young man even said he had to quit his job because he couln't get home from downtown. In all though, most said they realize the value of our public transit system and use it regularly. In fact, I was surprised at how many people we talked to who said they are making do without a car in Spokane. And most said they do okay most of the time, although they run into the occasional challenges.
Then there were they kids that just stopped by to grab some free candy from us. But even they had somnething to share. Our planner Eve asked one of these kids if she rides her bike much and she told us that she rode her bike to school one day without telling her parents and got in big trouble. But she said she had a lot of fun doing it.
Friday, August 16, 2013
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Thursday, August 15, 2013
I-90 Eastbound/ Thor/Freya to Custer- On Tuesday and Wednesday, August 20 & 21, from about 9 a.m. until as late as 3 p.m., eastbound I-90 will be reduced to two through lanes, the eastbound right lane will be closed. In addition, the eastbound Freya on-ramp will be closed. Drivers will need to continue east on 3rd to the eastbound Custer on-ramp to access I-90. Crews will be doing landscape maintenance.
Bettman Rd between 11th & 14th - Lane reductions and brief driveway access restrictions from 7:00am to 5:00pm Mondays through Fridays, through the end of August for storm water drainage improvements. At times, 12th Avenue traffic will be redirected via 8th and Eastern.
Sullivan Rd UPRR bridge just south of Marietta - Reduced to one lane each direction through the end of August for southbound bridge resurfacing. Expect congestion and delays.
Garland Block Party- Streets in the Garland District will close beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.
Cops N Kids Car Show- Riverside will be closed from Bernard to Washington from 6:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 17.
Heals for Healing Stiletto Spring-1st Avenue will be closed from Madison to Monroe from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18 to accomodate this run.
14th Ave. from Lincoln to Grand- The project to rehabilitate 14th Ave. from Lincoln to Grand continues. Unanticipated work, including repairing water and gas mains, has delayed the project. Paving of 14th from Bernard to just west of Division started today.
Crestline Rehabilitation Project- This project will replace the water main in Crestline from 37th to 57th avenues, provide curb-to-curb rehabilitation of the street from 44th to 53rd, and add bike lanes, sidewalks and stormwater swales along 44th to 53rd.
Post Street Sidewalk Work- A temporary detour on the east side of Post will be in place for pedestrian traffic for landscape work.
Third Ave. from Division to Arthur Rehabilitation- Arthur is closed at Third Ave., Sherman is the detour route. The project also includes replacing a water main. One lane of traffic remains open.
25th Ave.- Paving and curb repair, plus sidewalk and swale installation continues on 25th Ave. from Freya to Rebecca.
Euclid Ave. Water Main Replacement- Lane restrictions on North Foothills Dr. with one lane open each direction from Napa to Crestline. The project will replace the current water main with a larger one.
Rockwood Blvd. Rehabilitation- Rockwood is closed from Cowley to Garfield.
Springfield Lift Station- Springfield is closed between Columbus and Superior.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
A study by website VoucherCodesPro suggested males between 35-and-50-years-old are the most likely to suffer from "road rage", with BMW drivers ranked the most aggressive. And drivers of blue cars were rated the worst road rage offenders. CNBC has more details on this study.
The Boston Globe has the story.
The TIP is a programming document that identifies projects proposed to be undertaken or constructed during the upcoming four years. It includes project names and descriptions, the jurisdiction sponsoring them, funding attached to each project, and where the funding came from (local, state or federal funds).
The proposed amendment includes changes to existing projects from the City of Spokane and Spokane County, and adding the following new WSDOT projects:
For details, or to submit comments on these projects and the others proposed to be changed, go to http://www.srtc.org/tip.html. The public comment period runs through 4 p.m. on August 27.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The Thomson Reuters Foundation has the story.
Monday, August 12, 2013
The gunman fled, eventually boarding another bus, where he was shot and critically wounded by police. KOMO News has the entire story.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Conklin between Valleyway and Broadway - Closed through Friday, August 17 for utility work. Signs redirect traffic via Moore Road.
Sullivan Rd UPRR bridge just south of Marietta - One lane each direction from Monday, August 12 through the end of August for southbound bridge resurfacing. Expect congestion and delays.
SPOKANE CITYGarland Block Party- Streets in the Garland District will close beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 17.
Hatch Road Bridge- The Hatch Road Bridge at Hwy 195 will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily from Tuesday, Aug. 13 through Friday, Aug. 16 for bridge deck repair.
Third Ave. from Division to Arthur- Work to rehabilitate Third Ave. from Division east to Arthur is continuing. Arthur is closed at Third; Sherman Ave. is the detour route. The project also includes replacing a water main. One lane of traffic remains open.
25th Ave. from Freya to Rebecca- Paving and curb repair continues, and sidewalk and swale installation.
Crestline Rehabilitation Project- This project will replace the water main in Crestline from 37th to 57th avenues; provide curb-to-curb rehabilitation of the street from 44th to 53rd avenues, and add bike lanes, sidewalks and stormwater swales from 44th to 53rd.
14th Ave. from Lincoln to Grand- Will rehabilitate 14th from Lincoln to Grand. Unanticipated work, including a needed water main and gas line repair, has delayed this project. Paving of 14th from Division to Bernard will happen prior to the start of school to accomodate traffic to Roosevelt Elementary. The street is closed to traffic.
Euclid Ave. Water Main Replacement- Lane restrictions on North Foothills Drive with one lane open each direction from Napa to Crestline. The project will replace the current water main with a larger one.
Rockwood Blvd. Rehabilitation- Cowley to Garfield is closed to traffic. Rockwood from Southeast Blvd. to Garfield is open to traffic.
Community Development Sidewalk Work Continues- A city-wide project to add curb and sidewalk continues in the Nevada-Lidgerwood, Hillyard and Logan neighborhoods.
Springfield Lift Station- Full closure on Springfield between Columbus and Superior. Northbound traffic on Columbas will continue north to Cataldo.
Farwell Rd.- Closed for the summer from Market to the North Spokane Corridor. Wilson Rd. is closed from Farwell to Hastings for sewer installation.
Argonne Rd. Reconstruction- Restricted to one lane between Wellesley and Bigelow Gulch. Columbia Dr. intersection closed for drainage work.
Wellesley Ave.- Restricted to one lane from Murray to Starr for widening.
Greenwood Rd.- Closed to traffic from Grove to Flint for paving
Toyota says screws that attach part of the seat belts to the mechanism that retracts the belts can come loose if the rear door is closed repeatedly and forcefully. If that happens, the belts may not work properly for the driver or front passenger.
The company will notify owners of the pickups by mail and dealers will fix them free of charge.
Owners can call Toyota at (800) 331-4331.
The plan is to start at the State Line and work west to Mission Park, finishing 2 trail heads each weekend through August. Earn a Discover Pass with 24 hours of volunteer time!
Click here to register to help.
Everyone is invited to join the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and Washington State Department Of Transportation representatives as they formally Christen the new 20-car ferry. In addition, members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation will provide a blessing for the new boat.
The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 14 at the Keller Ferry south shore terminal (16 miles north of Wilbur, WA on SR 21). If you go, carpooling is strongly encouraged as parking at the terminal is extremely limited.
SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.