$40,000 project starts to eliminate the Ponderosa Jump


by KREM.com


Posted on April 9, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 9 at 7:00 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--A permanent solution has been coming to the area known as Ponderosa Jump in Spokane Valley.

The area is where two University High School students were killed in 2013 after the car they were riding in crashed. Police said the young driver they were with was speeding and trying to get air as he went over the hill. Neighbors said it has been a problem spot for years.

READ: Court date postponed for teen accused of deadly wreck

Temporary markers were placed after the girls died to guide cars up and down South Bates Road, the area known to many as Ponderosa Jump.

“It all started when they developed this area over here. And that's when the real speed factor started happening,” said one neighbor.

Neighbors said they have long known the area is dangerous. The City of Spokane Valley and Spokane County joined forces to make a permanent fix.

“We're going to remove some pavement, and put it back at a smoother profile so it will eliminate the jump,” said Spokane County Traffic Engineer Barry Greene.

READ: Neighbors alerted deputies about Ponderosa Jump before fatal crash

Officials said they will remove about 12 inches of height from the road. They said it is a relatively small improvement that should only take about a week. They said they hoped it would have a big impact when it comes to the rush that kids are after when they speed over the incline.

Officials said the total cost for the change is $40,000 to $50,000.

The spot is right on the City and County line .Both sides said they are committed to making the repair.

The survey to start the project was set to be underway in mid-April. Both sides said they hope to have the road completely fixed before summer.