SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--Safety improvements were finally complete at a dangerous intersection in the Spokane Valley in July. Bates and Ponderosa is the area otherwise known as the “Ponderosa Jump.”
Major controversy ensued after two University High School students were killed there in 2013. The car they were riding in crashed in October. Following the wreck, Spokane Valley and Spokane County officials worked together to take the jump out of the road.
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Homeowners in the area hoped the changes at the intersection would keep their neighborhood quiet.
“It's very enticing for young people to travel through here at very high speeds. So, it's a great thing to get rid of it,” said one neighbor.
Road crews levels out and removed up to 18-inches of height from the road. They hoped to eliminate the rush that some kids felt when they sped over the hill.
Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott, 15, were killed on the road. They were passengers in a car. Behind the wheel was newly licensed driver Preston Maher. Police said Maher was speeding and trying to get air.
Neighbors said they believed the next step to make the road safer was to put stop signs in.
Neighbors were glad the City and the County were working together for a solution.
“They put the pillars up and created a lot of detour through there, and then they finished the construction. So, if it helps the kids to stop doing it, then more power to them,” said neighbor Karla Wiggin.
It cost about $26,000 to fix the road.