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Planned closure for parts of Paradise Path for electrical work

Due to electrical work, parts of Paradise Path will be closed starting July 16 through the 20.

Park officials say the trail along Berman Creekside Park and Styner Avenue will be closed while Avista Utilities upgrades poles and wires connected to the city’s substation.

This upgrade is part of the company’s plan to replace 22 miles of electric transmission lines between the substation to Lewiston. They’re replacing old wooden poles with steel poles with fiber optic connections that will require less maintenance in the future.

The new transmission lines will also have a higher clearance area for safety.

Post Falls motorcyclist injured near Potlatch

A Post Falls motorcyclist was injured near Potlatch Sunday morning. John Ryan, 70, was traveling with a group of other motocyclists on State Highway 6 westbound when he failed to maintain his lane and went off the road. He was thrown 15-20 feet from his motorcycle.

Ryan was taken to Gritman Medical Center with injuries in Moscow. His condition is not known at this time.

Idaho State Police say Ryan was wearing his helmet and alcohol is not suspected.

Single lane closures planned for Snoqualmie Pass next week

Single lane closures planned for Snoqualmie Pass next week

If you’re heading to Western Washington anytime next week via I-90, transportation crews will be working on the roadway between Easton and Cle Elum.

There will be some single lane closures to be aware of and delays between Monday, April 9th and Friday, April 13th. Crews will finish replacing parts of the roadway in both directions due to deteriorating concrete.

The project is scheduled to be finished next fall.

A good tool while you’re on the road, check WSDOT’s @SnoqualmiePass Twitter account that updates with transportation issues for that region. There’s also the @WSDOT account that covers all of the state.

Injury Collision South of Pullman Sends Two to Hospital

It's been a busy time of year for collisions in the region. Another accident blocked both directions of Highway 195 about five miles south of Pullman at about 6:40 p.m. on Monday night.

Drivers were advised to seek alternate routes after the two-car collision injured two people. Mary A. High, 58, and Helen I. Litchfield, 85, both of Grangeville, Idaho, were sent to Pullman Hospital. Litchfield was later transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

WSP says the driver, Gracie S. Senter, 68, of Pullman, crossed the center line striking the other vehicle heading northbound. Senter was not injured in the accident.

The road was reopened to traffic around 9:50 p.m.

Highway 195 Blocked After Injury Collision

(Updated 9:46 p.m.) - An injury collision is blocking Highway 195 about 15 miles north of Colfax. According to WSP on scene, the incident occurred at around 4:05 p.m. involving a a commercial semi at Milepost 53.

Whitman County Sheriff's Office and medical response teams are responding to the accident. All lanes are open as of about 9:30 p.m.

Five Vehicle Crash Sends Two To Hospital

A domino effect of collisions affected five cars on Saturday morning during the snow storm that produced low visibility on Highway 195 near Colton.

A Pullman School District school bus was stopped in the southbound lane, just south of Johnson Road. Three more vehicles were stacked behind the school bus, also stopped.

A Spokane Valley driver, Sydney Bebee, 44, came in from behind, smashing into one vehicle, pushing it across the northbound lanes and then into the ditch. Bebee then struck another vehicle and then another, pushing it into the school bus. Bebee's truck finally came to a rest against one of the vehicles already in the ditch.

WSP says the 12 students and teacher were not injured during the incident. The driver and passenger of one vehicle, Frances M. Bakke, 35, of Kennewick, and Nathan Bakke, 35, of Kennwick as well, were injured during the crash and transported to Pullman Hospital in an ambulance.

Bebee's truck was total and towed during the incident. She was cited for driving too fast for conditioned.