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62 Mini-loads Headed Thru CdA Soon!

According to the briefing (at the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting last night), the “half-height” loads are a reduced version of what was originally proposed to head up Highway 12 through the Lochsa – Clearwater corridor. Originally thought to be not feasible and too expensive to cut down, the new, smaller loads are still 24 feet wide (two traffic lanes) and an amazing 208 feet long. ITD says there are some 62 loads proposed to come through Coeur d’Alene beginning in Late June and running through the end of September. ITD says the movement will be done at night between 9 pm and 4 am. Traffic will be stopped at each intersection as the mini-mega passes through town/Terry Harris, KEA Blog. More here.

  • DFO: The mini-loads haven't been permitted yet, but ITD officials presented the proposal to the City Council last night as though it's a fait accompli. And there doesn't seem to be much the city can do about it.

Question: How do we get stuck with these shipments?

I-90 Crash Hurts Germans, Passenger

Three people were injured, including two German visitors this morning on Interstate 90 near the state line, when their vehicle drifted off the highway, hit rumble strips, and then rolled when the driver overcorrected. Germans Herbert K. Ruttkies, 47, and Elke G. Hoffman, 46, were injured, along with Elke K. Howe, 54, of Troutdale, Ore., in the crash that occured at milepost 1 at 6:22 a.m. Ruttkies was the driver of the 2000 Ford Explorer. He and his two passengers were taken to Kootenai Medical Center. All were wearing seatbelts. The Idaho State Police is continuing to investigate the accident.

1 Dead, 1 Critical After I-90 Accident

One person was killed and another is in critical condition after a two-car crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 today about 3:45 p.m. west of Post Falls. Idaho State Police said Donald Graham, 77, of Rathdrum, was driving a yellow Chevy Equinox westbound on the freeway near milepost 3 when he was rear-ended by a Kia Optima, driven by Lisa Calbick, 33, of Coeur d’Alene. Graham lost control of the vehicle, which rolled off the right shoulder and landed on its top. Graham was pronounced dead at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene, police said/Spokesman-Review. More here.

FHWA OKs New Post Falls Interchange

The Federal Highway Administration has approved a new Interstate 90 interchange to serve the west end of Port Falls, including a new Walmart store and the Cabela’s sporting goods store near Stateline. The Beck Road Interchange will be designed and built by Foursquare Properties Inc., the Carlsbad, Calif., developer of The Pointe, the shopping center that began with the Cabela’s anchor store. Foursquare will recoup the cost of the project through temporary suspension of state sales tax collections at the Cabela’s store. The state’s latest cost estimate for the project is $28 million/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Do you think an interchange is needed to feed into Cabela’s & new WalMart?

INorthwest: Planes Lands On I-90

“Just drove by the plane that made the emergency landing on I-90 during the fireworks show last night,” writes Christa Hazel on her Facebook page. “A crane was moving it onto a tow truck. I just love the orange tag on the plane as if we need to know that it is illegally parked on the road.” Coeur d’Alene Press story here.

Question: Do you admire the pilot for being able to land his plane on Interstate 90 after the fireworks show? Or wonder why he couldn’t enjoy the fireworks on the lakeshore, like tens of thousands of others?

Road Rager Picks Fight w/Legless Man

Thursday morning traffic was backed up and at a standstill on the Interstate when out of the blue one driver got out of his car, walked up to another car and started throwing profanity and punches at the other driver. As Cody Balka and his fiancée were driving into Spokane to pick up a prescription he says another driver picked a fight. “Guy behind us flipping us off and trying to hurry us along,” Balka said. For five miles Balka and his fiancée endured tailgating and profanity tossed at them from another car. Then the other driver decided to up the ante. “He got out of his car, ran across and started yelling at me, reached in and tried to hit me,” Balka said. So Cody called 911 and police arrested Scott Cramer within a couple of blocks from the scene. Cramer claimed that Balka got out of his car and tried to start a fight with him/Sally Showman, KXLY. More here.

Question: What is the worst case of road rage that you’ve seen?

Running I-90 Road Work Gauntlet

As you readers know, I drove through the road construction on Interstate 90, beginning at Spokane Street, within minutes after it started last week (about 8:30 last Tuesday morning). And then drove through the area the next day (around 9). I didn’t have any trouble with delays, other than the 45 mph speed limit imposed for the next 5 miles. However, I’ve heard that a lot of motorists are getting caught in bottlenecks through the construction zone. How about you?

  • DFO: I’m re-posting this at the top of the thread to hear your horror stories. Already have a coupla good ones in the thread.

Question: What has been your experience traveling through the I-90 construction zone, from Spokane Street to the stateline?

I-90 Road Work Thru Post Falls Starts

Construction work on Interstate 90 through Post Falls begins today and could cause traffic delays until work is completed in mid-June. Workers will be repairing freeway bridges over the Spokane River, Pleasant View Road and Spokane Street. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction today through May 3 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. The reduced lanes will involve the entire 4.4-mile stretch between the river and Spokane Street. Starting on May 4, the lane closures will run all day and continue for about a month, said Barbara Babic, public involvement coordinator for the Idaho Transportation Department/Mike Prager, SR Getting There. More here.

Question: How do you pass the time while stuck in traffic as the result of road work?

Update: I90 Crash Kills Bar Trendsetter

A veteran Spokane bartender who was one of the trendsetters in the nightlife of the Inland Northwest was killed Tuesday night when the vehicle he was driving was involved in a head-on collision on Interstate 90 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho State Police reported today/Mike Prager, SR. More here

PF Man Killed In i-90 Crash

Andrew Gumprecht, 32, of Post Falls was killed Tuesday night in a head-on collision with a semi truck on Interstate 90 @ M/P 14 (15th Street exit/Coeur d’Alene). The crash occurred at 11:14 p.m. Tony Love, 42, of Swan Lake, Mont., was the driver of the truck. Love wasn’t injured. You can see the initial ISP report in the box below.

KREM2 story here

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