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Safety tips for a safe drive on Memorial Day

Safety tips for a safe drive on Memorial Day

Many families take to the open road over Memorial Day to take advantage of the long weekend and to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Idaho State Police wants to remind all drivers to remain safe.

 

Last year there were 129 crashes in Idaho with 81 injuries and two fatalities. Idaho State Police has provided these safety reminders which are great for both Idaho and Washington drivers:

 

Wear Your Seatbelts: Police in both Idaho and Washington will be strictly enforcing seat belt laws and drivers with children are reminded to make sure all children are in age appropriate safety seats and that children under 12 are in the back seat.

 

Designate a Driver: Nearly 30 people a day die in an alcohol related crash. Make sure to designate a driver before anyone in your party drinks.

 

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

In last two weeks Eastern Washington and North Idaho have seen over five ATV accidents including one death in the LC Valley last week. While ATV riding is fun, it's important to learn proper technique to remain safe.

 

“We think it takes special skills to ride an ATV,” says Dale Stevens, a licensed ATV safety instructor with the ATV Safety Institute. ASI is a non-profit sponsored by the all the major ATV manufacturers. Instructors like Stevens teach regular safety classes to educate riders on proper technique, safety skills and the responsibilities that come with owning and riding ATVs.

 

After taking his course many riders tell Stevens that they didn't know what a work out riding is and that they expected it to be easier. Stevens says that a lot of people expect ATVs to be like riding a couch on wheels but it that it takes a lot of physical effort and knowledge of how ATVs operate to remain safe while riding.

 

Sullivan Rd. preservation project to begin this week

Sullivan Rd. preservation project to begin this week

If Sullivan Rd. is a regular part of your daily driving route prepare for some delays.

A road preservation project along Sullivan Rd. between Flora Pit Rd. and Trent Ave. is scheduled to begin around April 22nd. It will take approximately seven to eight weeks to complete. 

Plan for traffic to be down to one lane in the area during the hours of 7am and 10pm. Access to Marietta Ave. may be restricted during daylight hours. Driveway access to businesses will be restricted as well while grinding and paving portions are competed, businesses will be notified of alternative access in advance.

90 percent of the project is funded by Spokane Valley Street Preservation Funds and 10 percent funded by Spokane Valley storm water funds. The project will patch and resurface the road as well upgrade storm drainage, sidewalk ramps and signal loops. A storm water swale will also be installed in front of the Sullivan Park parking lot. 

Around the last week of May or first week of June, Sullivan will be closed at night for paving. A detour will run via Euclid Ave.

City wants input on proposed University overpass at I-90

City wants input on proposed University overpass at I-90

Now is your chance to include your input on a possible new I-90 overpass at University Road in Spokane Valley. The city is hosting a public workshop next week to discuss the proposed overpass.

The city believes a new overpass at the site would improve car, bike and pedestrian access to the area.

The community meeting is Wednesday, April 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the Spokane Valley Fire Administration Building at 2120 N. Wilbur Road.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting include: estimated cost, environmental impact and possible crossing locations.

City of Spokane Valley asks you to report potholes

From the City of Spokane Valley:

 

If you don't like potholes, you can just say "NO" by reporting them to the Spokane Valley Public Works Department.  It only takes a moment for you to help keep Spokane Valley's roads in good condition, and it's easy to do by phone or online. 

To report potholes by phone, call 921-1000.

Pines Road closure planned this weekend

Pines Road closure planned this weekend

This weekend, Saturday Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 3, the southbound lanes of Pines Rd. between Mansfield Avenue and Indiana Avenue will be closed for construction.

The closure is planned between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. both days for work on UPRR tracks.

A detour route will be posted for drivers to take Mirabeau Parkway around the construction site.

For more information on this project, call 1-775-828-3433.

Construction planned on Pines Road between Indiana, Montgomery

From Carolbelle Branch, PIO for City of Spokane Valley:

 

Center lanes of Pines Rd. will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 16 through Friday, Jan. 18 between 7:00am and 5:00pm for work on UPRR tracks. Southbound curb lane of Pines at Indiana and Montgomery is tentatively closed Saturday, Jan. 19 through Monday, Jan. 21 between 7:00am and 5:00pm.

For more information on this project, call 1-775-828-3433.