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Expect delays on Sprague near new Walmart

Expect delays on Sprague near new Walmart

Drivers in the area of Sprague and Custer in Spokane Valley should expect delays for the next few days.

Construction crews are working to install a new traffic light and utilities at the intersection to ease traffic flow to the new Walmart opening soon at that location.

Sprague will be reduced down to one lane each direction until about noon on Tuesday, May 22.

Signs will direct traffic through the area.

Valley hitchhiker finds a ride to jail

Valley hitchhiker finds a ride to jail

A Spokane Valley hitchhiker looking for a ride "downtown" ended up getting exactly what he wanted, sort of.

Around 11:30 Wednesday, Spokane Valley Deputy Kullman was driving westbound on Sprague near Vista Road. As he was driving, a man stepped out in front of his car. That man was trying to hitchhike - in the middle of the road.

The hitchiker, 51-year-old David Cooke, said he was looking for a ride downtown, but said he didn't mean to step out in front of a police officer.

Deputy Kullman ran Cooke's name through dispatch. He found Cooke was an armed career criminal with a lengthy history. The Deputy asked to search Cooke's belongings - he found Cyrstal Meth in a plastic baggie. Cooke said he had no idea where the powder came from.

Deptuy Kullman proceeded to give Cooke a ride "downtown" and booked him into the Spokane County Jail on a felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Check Spokane Valley's sweep crew status

Check Spokane Valley's sweep crew status

If you ever wished you could keep tabs on your city’s progress for tasks like street sweeping, Spokane Valley has it for you. An online map shows crew status on a grid version of the city.

So far crews have completed grid plots from the eastern part of Spokane Valley to Millwood. They’re now working on three different plots south of I-90.

All you need to do is find your plot and then wait for it to turn green. The plots do not say when crews will begin working on them.

Street sweeps is funded by a $50,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. These sweeps help keep roadways clean, improve air quality and prevent stormwater drain clogging.

Traffic Notice: Construction Planned for Appleway Ave. Next Week

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Lane closures are expected next week from April 9th to the 16th on Appleway Avenue between Dishman Mica Road and University Road. The City of Spokane Valley says they'll be working on resurfacing the road with new pavement.

Signs and flaggers will direct traffic through the work area.

Single lane closures planned for Snoqualmie Pass next week

Single lane closures planned for Snoqualmie Pass next week

If you’re heading to Western Washington anytime next week via I-90, transportation crews will be working on the roadway between Easton and Cle Elum.

There will be some single lane closures to be aware of and delays between Monday, April 9th and Friday, April 13th. Crews will finish replacing parts of the roadway in both directions due to deteriorating concrete.

The project is scheduled to be finished next fall.

A good tool while you’re on the road, check WSDOT’s @SnoqualmiePass Twitter account that updates with transportation issues for that region. There’s also the @WSDOT account that covers all of the state.

Traffic school sign-ups now available at police station

Slapped with a speeding ticket? You can now sign up for Traffic School at more locations so you can have the violation taken off your record. With multiple locations to sign-up, now there’s no excuse not to! How convenient.

Originally you just signed up at District Court in the Public Safety Building on Mallon, but now you can go to the Spokane Valley Police Station, located at 12710 E. Sprague.

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. not including holidays.

Spokane Valley Camaro drives with Christmas cheer

Spokane Valley Camaro drives with Christmas cheer

Deck the car with reindeers and duct tape. Nicholas Spragg, Spokane Valley resident, has made his 2002 Camaro into a mobile Christmas decoration. He emailed us to say he started decorating his car for Halloween and then Thanksgiving. Why not Christmas?

Spragg write, "The car is covered with duct tape and currently has over 26 decorations made completely out of duct tape."

Curious minds want to know how Spragg will decorate his car for National Fruitcake Day.

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