SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.-- Authorities received approval in June to move forward with plans to make changes to a stretch of road, known as the “Ponderosa Jump,” where two teenagers died in 2013.
The final design to remove about one-foot of height from the jump at the intersection of Bates Road and Ponderosa Drive was approved in June.
Police said 16-year-old Preston Maher was speeding when he took the jump in October 2013 and lost control of his vehicle, crashing into a tree. Two 15-year-old passengers, McKenzie Mott and Josie Freier were killed in the crash.
There were still signs of the tragic crash along the dividing line between Spokane and Spokane County in June. Members of the City and County were determined to get rid of the jump altogether by removing the height, filling in the road, and leveling the dips.
Authorities planned send the project out for a bid after getting the design approved. They estimated the project would take about a week to complete.
Neighbors said they were not sure whether removing the jump would fix the reckless driving problem in the area. They began asking for change immediately after the road was punched through in 2011.
“That’s when the real speed factor started happening here,” one neighbor said.
Still, neighbors were glad to see the City and County working toward a solution. Authorities told KREM 2 News the project would cost around $50,000 and be split between the City and the County. They set a goal to finish the project in August.