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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.


City of Spokane Valley provides SnowInfo to community

City of Spokane Valley provides SnowInfo to community

Spokane Valley crews were out Friday morning applying deicer on primary and secondary arterials, and hillsides. They will continue monitoring conditions to respond as needed, and are coordinating with the Spokane Valley police department to address problem areas.

Community members are reminded that they are responsible for keeping sidewalks adjacent to their homes and businesses cleared of snow and ice, especially in areas used by schoolchildren and by those with mobility concerns.

The city wants to remind citizens to use particular care in slick conditions, whether driving or walking.

City of Spokane Valley will hold community meeting for Sullivan Road resurfacing Jan. 8

City of Spokane Valley will hold community meeting for Sullivan Road resurfacing Jan. 8

The City of Spokane Valley's Public Works Department will host a presentation of the plans for the 2015 Sullivan Road Resurfacing Project. This community meeting will be held on Thursday, January 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Valley Assembly Church located at 15618 E. Broadway Avenue. An overview of the project plans will be presented at 5:45 p.m., followed by an opportunity for community members to share questions, comments, and concerns.

Resurfacing of Sullivan Road will occur between Sprague and Mission and is anticipated to begin during Summer of 2015. Project Engineer, Craig Aldworth, will be present at the meeting to explain further details about the project as well as answer any questions the public may have. A representative of the Bonneville Power Administration will also be present to answer questions concerning their proposed pole replacement project along Sullivan Road.

I-90 westbound pavement work will affect Tuesday morning commute in the Spokane Valley

Contractors will be patching shoulder pavement along westbound I-90, between the Stateline Interchange and Liberty Lake on Tuesday, November 18.  The work will begin around 8:00 a.m.

Westbound I-90 will be reduced to one through lane beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Work should wrap up by mid-day.

Westbound drivers should be alert for slow traffic, congestion, and delays and may wish to adjust their travel times or use an alternate route.

Crews will be patching the existing asphalt shoulder pavement.  The work requires dry weather and the warmer daylight hours.  The main freeway lanes were paved earlier this year.

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.

Enrollment office for TSA PreCheck opens in Spokane Valley

Enrollment office for TSA PreCheck opens in Spokane Valley

Airport security just got a little easier for people living in Spokane. An enrollment center for the Transportation Safety Commission's program, PreCheck has opened up in the Spokane Valley.

"We travel a lot and we travel to a lot of major airports,? Leslie Johnston said. ?It makes a big difference when you're in a major airport."

Johnston was at the center at 12510 E. Sprague Avenue Thursday applying for PreCheck.

"I waited about three hours," Johnston said. "And that's this time. We came a little before lunch and got turned away."

The process only takes about ten minutes, but could take longer if applicants don't make an appointment. Interested people should go online and fill out the application at universalenroll.dhs.gov. From there, Spokane applicants can go to Absolute Drug Testing at the east Sprague location where they'll verify their citizenship or immigration status and be fingerprinted. There's an $85 non-refundable fee, which has turned off some travelers from taking advantage of PreCheck.

Deadly stretch of Spokane Valley road re-worked

A deadly stretch of Spokane Valley road is being re-worked to eliminate a dip known as the "Ponderosa Jump" where two teens were killed in an October crash.

A construction crew will flatten the roadway to prevent speeding cars from flying off the pavement.

The Spokesman-Review reports the asphalt work will take about a week a cost about $25,000.

Officials say a car was speeding close to 70 mph last October when it left the road and hit a tree before reaching the jump. The crash killed two University High School students, Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott, both 15.

The 16-year-old driver, Preston Maher, has been charged in juvenile court with two counts of vehicular homicide.