Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday night to authorize the Director of the Street Department to issue permits allowing over-sized loads to move through city streets.
When over-sized loads pass through Spokane, parts of I-90 lack the roomy freedom needed for safe transportation. Some of the bridges are simply too short to pass under. These WSDOT regulated loads pass through the streets of Spokane, sometimes at Altamont and Freya.
Marlene Feist, City of Spokane, says it happens more than you think.
“The state would still be the lead on this,” Feist shared. “We need to know when something is going through our city streets.”
Feist says the ordinance would not limit the state’s ability to regulate their regulated loads. They’re more concerned about the maintenance of city roads. When over-sized loads do pass through city streets, Feist says it’s only about three blocks.