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Major traffic expected for Inland Northwest

The Washington State Patrol is expecting a major traffic impact due to two events this weekend for Eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle.

Troopers said motorists should first expect delays all over Eastern Washington for the opening home game for Washington State University. They said fans from all over the state will be heading to Pullman and are expected to cause major back ups.

Then on Sunday, the Idaho Transportation Department will close down eastbound I-90 at the Washington-Idaho border due to a construction project. The closure will start Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. and last through 5:00 a.m. Monday morning. All traffic will be diverted to State Line Exit 299 at that time and drivers should see back-up from Liberty Lake to state line.

In order to delay with both traffic delays, Troopers will have all available units working this weekend.

WSU offers game day parking alternatives

Due to the increased population of visitors expected for this year’s football season, some parking facilities will not be available due to campus construction and expansion.

WSU is putting together a new parking plan to accommodate visitors including an interactive map showing possible parking options. Might be be useful if you’re making the trek onto campus for a home football game.

Pullman Police has a list of parking details you'll  need to know as well including where to find disability parking and designated Cougar Athletic Fund member parking. 

For alternative transportation, there’s also Pullman Transit who will be operating a park and ride on game days.

The first home game is scheduled for September 8 at noon against Eastern Washington University.

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.