Posts tagged: I-90
Take note if you're going to be driving in Spokane Valley tonight: Pines Road will be closed between Mission Avenue and Indiana Avenue while crews pave the I-90 overpass. The closure is scheduled to being at 7 p.m. tonight and could last through 7 a.m. Friday. The eastbound I-90 on and off ramps at Pines Road will also be closed. Drivers should plan to use Evergreen Road or Argonne Road to cross the freeway tonight.
There's a rollover accident currently backing up traffic on eastbound I-90 near the Pines exit. Expect delays until firefighters and WSP troopers clear the scene. Photo courtesy WSDOT traffic camera.
12:15 p.m. update: The Washington State Patrol is reporting that one person is trapped inside that flipped car and another was ejected in the accident.
The city of Spokane Valley is doing a study on whether it should put in some sort of I-90 orverpass at University Road. Residents are invited to come to a public meeting tonight to discuss whether an overpass is needed and if it should serve pedestrians, cyclists, cars or all three. Any such project would be years away, but this is your chance to speak up about whether an overpass is needed or not.
The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Spokane Valley Fire Department Administration Building, located at 2120 N. Wilbur Road next to Fire Station 8.
To get to the other side, of course. Why this particular chicken decided he needed to cross I-90 near Argonne this morning is a mystery, however. It took a SCRAPS animal control officer, four WSP troopers and a DOT employee about 45 minutes to capture the wayward bird during this morning's commute. He seemed intent on evading capture. Maybe he was on his way to visit a girlfriend?
Whatever the rooster's intent, he's now locked up at the SCRAPS shelter waiting for his owner to claim him. “We hope the owner comes and gets him soon,” said SCRAPS animal protection operations manager Nicole Montano in a press release. “He is really a beautiful bird and we'd like to get him back home as soon as possible.”
If you know where this bird belongs, call SCRAPS at (509) 477-2984. Photo courtesy of SCRAPS.
Otis Orchards resident Lee A. Hiestand, 40, was injured in a car accident on I-90 near Osburn, Idaho, Wednesday evening. According to an Idaho State Patrol press release, Hiestand was driving his F150 truck east on I-90 when he lost control, crossed the center median into the westbound lanes and then rolled his truck. The truck went through a guardrail before coming to a stop. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, the ISP reports. Hiestand was taken to the Shoshone Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
The Washington State Patrol has identified the people involved in an accident caused by a wrong way driver on I-90 near Liberty Lake just before 4 p.m. yesterday. Liberty Lake resident Kelly A. Yancey, 39, was driving her Honda Accord westbound in the eastbound lanes when she hit a car driven by Newman Lake resident Elizabeth E. Barbour, 52, almost head on. Yancey's car spun around before hitting a Dodge Ram truck driven by 21-year-old Chelsea E. Piper of Post Falls, according to the WSP press release.
Yancey was cited for driving the wrong way on the freeway. Alcohol does not appear to be involved, the press release said. Yancy and Barbour were taken to the hospital. A 1-year-old boy in Piper's car was uninjured.
The Idaho State Patrol reports that 29-year-old Spokane Valley resident Luis M. Schiaffini-Pineiro was injured in a car crash on I-90 in Post Falls late last night. An ISP press release says he was driving east in a Mazda pickup “at a speed too fast for icy road conditions” when he lost control, went off the road to the right and rolled his car “numerous” times. The accident ocurred at 10:26 p.m. Schiaffini-Pineiro was taken to Kootenai Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
The fire reported early Monday morning at 619 N. Vista was in a vacant home that had been empty for several months, according to a press release from Spokane Valley Fire Department Capt. Pat Schaffer. When firefigthers arrived the fire had spread from the house to several nearby trees. Damage to the home is estimated at $100,000 and the cause is still under investigation.
Schaffer reports that the fire department did have several problems responding to the fire. The house is about 200 feet from the road and isn't visible from the street, he said. The driveway to the home also was not marked. The department urges everyone to make sure their address is clearly visible.
Reporter Meghann Cuniff has an interesting update on the wrong-way driver who caused a head on collision on I-90 near Liberty Lake in the early morning hours on Sunday. The three people in the car he hit were injured. The driver appeared to be drunk and was arrested by the Washington State Patrol for vehicular assault. Click here for more details.
Coeur d'Alene resident Carl A. Carr, 61, was seriously injured in a one car rollover accident on I-90 just west of Liberty Lake shortly early this morning shortly after midnight. According to a Washington State Patrol press release, the man was heading east in his Chevy S-10 pickup when he went of the side of the road, overcorrected and veered left across two lanes of traffic into the median, then overcorrected again and veered right across both lanes before rolling. He was taken to a local hospital by a MedStar helicopter. It is not yet known why Carr drove off the road.
I know there's a lot going on this weekend, but I hope you still take some time Saturday morning to read the Valley Voice. We'll have a report on the Millwood City Council meeting, including the decision to accept a grant to purchase new playground equipment for the City Park. Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to a Spokane Valley woman who survived a horrible accident on I-90. The list of her injuries is enough to turn your stomach. We also talked to some local golfers and I attended a hearing this week about a proposed development in the East Valley area of Spokane Valley. Neighbors are complaining that the project is too dense.
The weather today is cold, wet, windy and miserable. But more than that, it's a bit dangerous out there. Not only are local rivers and lakes approaching flood stage, but there is some standing water in some areas that can surprise an unwary driver. This morning there was a large lake across the northbound lanes of Pines Road across from High Nooner. I saw a big truck hit it going fairly fast and huge curtains of water were thrown in the air higher than the truck. The Washington Department of Transportation is advising that there is water over the freeway near the Barker exit. And I just heard a report over the scanner about someone in the Airway Heights area who got electrocuted when working near a power line. Thankfully he doesn't appear to be very badly injured. I vote we all stay inside where it's warm and dry.
There's been a lot of chatter on the scanner in the last few minutes about traffic lights being out on Argonne and Mullan south of I-90. It looks lke the lights at the Argonne freeway on and off ramps are also out. I can't tell if there's a backup on the freeway or not because the DOT cameras are also out. Everyone be careful out there.
1:22 p.m. update: The DOT traffic cameras are back up, but I'm not sure about the stop lights. It doesn't look like traffic is backed up on the freeway, though.
Yesterday Governor Chris Gregoire signed a new law that will require cattle trucks in Spokane and Pend Oreille counties that are more than 40,000 pounds gross weight to stop at a port of entry. Neighbors living along Barker and Harvard Roads complained to the Spokane Valley City Council last year that the cattle trucks were using State Highway 290 to bypass the port of entry and its inspections and then using those roads to connect back to I-90. The council worked with local legislators to get a law passed. Olympia reporter Jim Camden has more details here.
The Washington State Department of Transportation will host an open house Thursday to present design options for Interstate 90 between Barker Road and Harvard Road. There are plans in the next few years to add lanes and make changes to the on and off ramps along that stretch of the freeway.
The open house will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 17909 E. Broadway. There will be no formal presentation, but engineers will be there to answer questions and take comments on the various proposals.
According to a Washington State Patrol press release, 29-year-old Teri M. Scheele of Spokane was driving the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of I-90 at Barker just after 3 a.m. when she hit a car head on. The driver of the car she hit, identified as 27-year-old Kenneth J. Hardin of Post Falls, was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital where he later died. Another driver was able to avoid being hit by Scheele, but ended up driving into the cable barrier between the eastbound and westbound lanes to do it. Scheele was arrested for vehicular homicide, the press release said.
The eastbound lanes of I-90 are completely closed at Barker Road and a detour is in place. A three car accident was reported at 3:10 a.m. today and the road has been closed ever since. Initial reports from the Washington State Patrol is that someone may have been driving the wrong way on the freeway. One of the people involved has died.
Traffic is reportedly backed up in the area and I heard on the scanner a few minutes ago that the eastbound Sullivan on ramp was being closed to help relieve the traffic backup. I'll update with more information when I get it.
7:53 a.m. udpate: It looks like the WSP re-opened the road as I was typing. It will probably take a bit to clear up the backlog of traffic, though.
The driver of an oversized load apparently forgot to double check his math yesterday and wacked the Flora overpass on westbound I-90. He hit it hard enough to rip off a chuck of concrete more than a foot wide and three inches deep, according to a report emailed by the Washington State Patrol. The truck is owned by Conmat Inc. in Hayden Lake, Idaho.
The Washington Department of Transportation immediately sent out a crew to inspect the bridge, said DOT eastern region spokesman Al Gilson. In addition to checking the integrity of the bridge the crew was also looking for loosened debris that might fall on the road or passing cars. “The bridge is structurally sound,” Gilson said. “There was some rebar damage.”
Crews will repair the damage soon, Gilson said. As is standard practice, either the truck driver or the company he works for will have to pay the bill. “We'll send an invoice out to them,” Gilson said.
That rain falling out there has turned I-90 and most other roads into a sheet of ice. On my way into the office most people were being sensible and driving slowly, except one man who zipped who past me in the left lane. A few seconds later he was sliding sideways across four lanes of traffic, narrowly missing several cars. He only stopped, facing the wrong way, when he hit the concrete barrier that marks the edge of that section of freeway.
I saw numerous cars on the side of the freeway that were sideways or facing the wrong way. The DOT freeway cameras show numerous blockages, including a sideways semi near Park Road. Since I got in the office the scanner has had a continuous stream of accidents and slide offs. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has even put out a press release asking people not to drive right now. Everyone please be very careful out there.
11:30 a.m. update: The scanner has calmed down considerably and things seem to be getting better out there. The Washington State Patrol is reporting that they responded to 45 accidents between 7:45 and 9:45 a.m. in Spokane and Lincoln Counties.
The scanner is strangely quiet this morning. There doesn't seem to be a lot of accidents at the moment, but the hills are a bit dicey. If you were planning to head into Spokane, you might want to find a route other than I-90. The westbound lanes look like a parking lot west of Havana because of a major accident near the Maple exit. Other than that, just be careful out there.
11 a.m. update: The roads are a lot worse now than they were at 7 a.m. Roads and parking lots that were plowed early this morning now look like they haven't seen a plow blade in days. And you end up doing more sliding than steering on corners. I heard something on the scanner about a semi backing down on hill it couldn't make it up, possibly on Forker Road. At least I-90 is flowing smoothly again. For now.