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Cars parked along Bloomsday route to be towed

Cars parked along Bloomsday route to be towed

 

In an effort to prepare the streets for the thousands of visitors coming for Bloomsday, the City of Spokane is asking citizens who have cars parked along the route to move them for street sweeping.

 

The City of Spokane will begin towing cars parked along the Bloomsday route on Tuesday. City crews began cleaning the race route on Monday, Citizens are asked to remove their cars for street sweeping to occur.

 

No Parking Signs have been place on the north side of Riverside from Jefferson to Hemlock. On Tuesday, April 28, the south side of Riverside from Jefferson will be swept.

Spokane Bicycle Club offers Bloomsday bike corral to race day riders

Spokane Bicycle Club offers Bloomsday bike corral to race day riders

 

Biking to Bloomsday?

 

The Spokane Bicycle Club is offering a bike corral for Bloomsday participants. From 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on race day, The Club will provide free secure attended bike parking for anyone who decides to bike to the start of the race.

 

The corral will be located at Central Meadow in Riverfront Park, east of the former YMCA building and adjacent to the Howard Street walkway. Riders are welcome to leave warm-up clothes, picnic baskets, etc. with their bikes. Volunteers from the Spokane Bike Club will be there to attend to the bikes and belongings.

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.

 

North side project starts $73M construction season

North side project starts $73M construction season

 

Work on a 900,000-gallon combined stormwater and wastewater storage facility located near Northwest Boulevard began Monday, marking the start of a $73 million construction season that includes nearly four dozen projects and street levy work planned citywide.

 

The list includes eight combined sewer overflow (CSO) projects, six sidewalk projects, 17 street projects, three trail projects, six water projects, and one storm sewer, restoration and bridge project. Street maintenance work, which involves grind and overlay, crack seal and pothole repair, will also be ongoing throughout the season.

 

"It is going to be a busy season of improvements and maintenance on streets all over the city," Spokane Mayor David Condon said. "We spend considerable time discussing how we can minimize impacts and urge people to continue shopping at their favorite neighborhood businesses, even it it means it takes a little effort to get there."

 

Open house to provide information on Downtown Bicycle Network project

Open house to provide information on Downtown Bicycle Network project

 

The City of Spokane will host an open house for the second phase of work on the Downtown Bicycle Network. At the open house, people will have the opportunity to learn more about the project and provide feedback.

 

The open house will take place on Tuesday, March 10th from 5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. in the Community Building Library at 35 West. Main Street.

 

The project will add bike lanes to Spokane Falls Boulevard from Division Street to Post Street, and on Main Avenue from Howard Street to Pine Street. Main Street will be re-striped to three lanes for vehicular travel.

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.

 

SPD looks to prevent car theft with unattended motor vehicle citations

SPD looks to prevent car theft with unattended motor vehicle citations

As the weather gets colder in Spokane, many people have taken to warming up their vehicles in the morning. However, in just the last week the Spokane Police Department says three vehicles have been stolen while were left running and unattended.

To help prevent these sort of thefts, officers have been contacting owners of unoccupied vehicles while they are on patrol. The Spokane Police department would like to remind citizens the city has an Unattended Motor Vehicle Citation that is $124 per offense. 

The SPD says most vehicle thefts are crimes of opportunity, so this citation is designed to discourage citizens from give thieves the opportunity to steal their cars.