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Traffic impacts

There is definitely more road work going on and some new projects have joined the ranks in Spokane Valley in Liberty Lake. Traffic is down to one lane in each direction on Pines Road between Sprague and Broadway for signal conduit work, which is slowing traffic. That will continue Monday through Thursday until July.

Of course, Sullivan Road construction is ongoing between the Spokane River and Trent. Traffic there is also down to one lane in each direction, so expect slow going. Knox is shut down just west of Vista for utility work. A detour is in place for the project, which should be done sometime tomorrow.

New this week is a partial shutdown of the Harvard Road bridge over I-90 in Liberty Lake. Work starts today to repair the bridge joints and will continue through Thursday. The bridge will be limited to single lane alternating traffic directed by flaggers, so expect a wait if you have to go through that area.

Rollover wreck snarls I-90

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.

Old Country Buffet now closed

Reporter Tom Sowa has information here on the closure of the last Old Country Buffet locations in the region in Spokane on North Division and in Spokane Valley at Sprague and Pines. The parent company declared bankruptcy last week and both restaurants shut down on Thursday. This, of course, leaves the strip mall at Sprague and Pines almost entirely vacant.

Lane closures at Sprague and Pines

The city of Spokane Valley is shutting down some lanes at the intersection of Sprague and Pines for pavement repair work. The southbound curb lane on Pines and the westbound curb lane on Sprague will be closed through Friday. It could cause traffic problems during rush hour.

Car not where it belongs

A Spokane Valley Police Officer is reporting a car jammed between a utility pole and the building that houses Old Country Buffet at Sprague and Pines. No word on how the driver got there.

12:52 p.m. update: An officer just requested that a structural engineer come by and check the building.

Traffic hangups at Sprague and Pines

I got a surprise this morning on the way in to work when I discovered that southbound Pines is down to one lane at Sprague for work in the road. All traffic is being routed through the left turn lane, whether you are turning or not. The curb lane of eastbound Sprague is also closed, as is the curb lane of westbound Sprague. I'm not sure if this will last the entire day, but just be aware that the work is going on.

Drinking party brawl led to police standoff

Three people received minor wounds from shotgun pellets early this morning as they left an underage drinking party near Pines and Mansfield, according to a press release from the Spokane Valley Police Department. One of the three flagged down a passing Washington State Patrol trooper to report being shot at.

Three people were arrested after the dust settled. Jered Underwood and Dillon J. Wilcher, both 18, were charged with three counts of first-degree assault with a firearm. Robert M. Fleck, 18, was charged with providing false information to police and felony riot.

An underage drinking party was reportedly underway at the home at 12136 E. Mansfield when a group of people arrived. One of the group members had previously arranged to fight one of the people inside the home. The two groups began brawling and the shotgun was fired as the visiting group left, said police spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan.

The person who allegedly fired the shotgun was barricaded inside the home. He surrendered to police and the SWAT team entered the home to make sure there was no one else inside, Reagan said. Police found three shotguns inside as well as spent and unfired shotgun cartridges.  

Morning mayhem

Things have been a little active on the scanner this morning. Pines Road is open again after being shut down by police for hours as they were in a standoff with shooting suspects in a house at Pines and Mansfield. No official press release has come out yet, but I'll keep my eyes open for one.

Also, a young boy who fell out of a third-story window in the Big Trout Lodge apartment complex in Liberty Lake last night was reportedly conscious when rescue crews arrived. He was taken to the hospital by MedStar.

Traffic issues this week

The utility work going in the Montgomery, University and Grace area has expanded to include Pines Road at Grace. The roads are down to one lane at various times and flaggers are in place to direct traffic. The affected streets are: Van Marter Road from Montgomery drive to Marietta, Montgomery from Van Marter to University, University from Montgomery to Grace, Grace from University to Bowdish and Bowdish between the offset Grace intersections.

The Indiana Avenue Extension project east of Sullivan is also still ongoing and the intersection of Mission and Flora is still shut down for the installation of a roundabout.

Be careful out there

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.

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