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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.

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.