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Otis Orchards man injured while push starting disabled motorcycle

An Otis Orchards man was injured while trying to push start his disabled motorcycle along I-90 this morning.

Around 10:45 a.m., the driver, identified as Thomas E. Gladden, 55, was transported by ambulance to Valley Hospital after he lost control of his 2006 Honda motorcycle near the Sullivan exit.

WSP said in a news release he was crossing the interstate from the right shoulder and struck the left side jersey barrier.

Repairs will close Bigelow Gulch for two days

Drivers in the Spokane Valley will have to use a detour on Bigelow Gulch starting Wednesday. Spokane County Engineering and Roads will close down Bigleow Gulch between Argonne and Forker for two days for pavement repair.

City officials said the project will cost $425,000 and will include work on the asphalt, ditches and shoulders of the road. The project will start Wednesday and finish Friday.

Bigelow Gulch will be open to traffic during the evening, but daytime traffic will be detoured to Morgan Road and Pleasant Prarie Road.

Construction delayed for University Road Project

Commuters can expect a minor delay in the University Road Project between 4th and 16th. City crews were scheduled to resume the resurfacing project on August 6, but they’re giving the road a few days in between sealing cracks and pouring new asphalt to give it a good bond.

Spokane Valley construction crews expect to apply sealant starting August 9 with asphalt work tentatively scheduled for August 13 and 14. Striping is expected to occur on August 15.

When roadway work resumes, traffic will be reduced to one lane and traffic will be directed by flaggers and signs. Alternative routes are recommended during construction due to roadway congestion and delays.

Spokane Valley road construction ramps up

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If you regulary drive on Evergreen in Spokane Valley, you may want to find an alternate route.

Road construction on Evergreen between 24th and 32nd begins Thursday, July 19. It will be closed to through traffic around the clock from 7:00 a.m. on Thursday until late August.

The city is working with Vera Water & Power to install new utilities.

Surface roadwork along Evergreen Road from 16th to 24th has been temporarily delayed. Other traffic impacts include:

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.