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Al Gilson
2714 N. Mayfair Street
Spokane, WA 99207
509.324.6000

Eastern Region Construction Update & Travel Advisory


WSDOT/Eastern Region Construction Activity & Possible Delays for Dec. 18-28, 2014

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HOLIDAY TRAVEL ALERT: Construction work in the Eastern Region will not affect traffic Thursday, December 25. As always, Motorists should be prepared for winter driving conditions, especially if they plan travel across mountain passes or in higher elevation areas such as the Palouse or the mountains of northeast Washington.

Winter driving conditions: Winter driving conditions can be expected on all state highways and secondary roadways. Motorists need to be prepared for these conditions at all times by carrying chains, basic safety equipment, and keep your vehicle in proper operating conditions.

Winter driving information is available at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/winter/

Mountain pass reports plus road conditions on major selected northeastern Washington highways is available by dialing 5-1-1 or via the internet at the following web pages:

www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/
www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/

Online Update Connections: Eastern Region traffic and Keller Ferry service updates can also be received by text message on your cell phone. To sign up, go to http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ and click on the “Email/Text Updates” link in the upper right corner of the website, then follow the directions. Spokane Area and Keller ferry updates are also on Twitter by following “@SRTMC” or via Facebook at: www.facebook.com/spokaneareatraffic or by searching for “Spokane Area Traffic.”

WSDOT Eastern Washington Twitter Feed: Just go to your twitter account, search for, and follow: @WSDOT_East and the connection is made. To set up your own account on your computer, go to http://www.twitter.com/ or download the Twitter app on your smart phone or tablet. Then watch for news from the Spokane, Wenatchee, and Yakima WSDOT Region teams.



Spokane Area Projects
  

North Spokane Corridor/Francis Avenue Bridge and Intersection Improvements
Traffic Impacts: No work.  Some striping remains. 
Project Description: Remove and replace existing Francis Avenue Bridge over the BNSF Railway with longer structure to accommodate new freeway.
Project Website: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US395/NorthSpokaneCorridor/NSC_FrancisAveImprovements

NSC/BNSF Railway Structures/Realignment & Ped/Bike Trail Extension
Traffic Impacts: No traffic impacts.
Project Description: Construct two freeway mainline bridges over the BNSF tracks and two pedestrian bridges. Realign BNSF mainline and spur tracks. Extend Children of the Sun Trail into the Hillyard area.
Project Website: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US395/NorthSpokaneCorridor/BNSF_RailwayRealignment

 Outside the Spokane Area

Ferry/Lincoln Counties

SR 21/Keller Ferry (MP 106)
Traffic ImpactsVERY HIGH IMPACT!! The Keller Ferry will be out of service on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20-21 for steering gear repairs, testing, and Coast Guard approvals. Service should resume no later than 6 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 22.
Ferry Service Status Information: Up to the minute service information for the Keller Ferry is always available via your telephone. Just dial 888-808-7977 (toll-free) from any landline or cell phone. The Washington State Ferries automated system will answer, give the time, and will list the Main Menu. When the automated voice says “Main Menu” you just reply by speaking: “KELLER FERRY.” The system will then jump to the current Keller Ferry recorded information. Keller ferry service updates can also be received by text message on your cell phone. To sign up, go to http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ and click on the “Email/Text Updates” link in the upper right corner of the website, then follow the directions. Spokane Area and Keller ferry updates are also on Twitter by following @SRTMC or via Facebook by searching for and friending “Spokane Traffic.”
Keller Ferry Website: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Regions/Eastern/KellerFerry/


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Washington road condition reports including Mountain Pass conditions are also available by calling Travel Information at 5-1-1.

511 Travel Information


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The City of Spokane has current street construction listed on their website.

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Highway Work Zone Safety Tips
  • Expect delays and congestion in and near construction zones and alternate routes. Please be patient. Leave early for work or other appointments.
  • Obey all traffic signs, flagging personnel
  • Watch for traffic slowdowns and brake lights farther ahead, especially on high-speed highways such as I-90. Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front. Rear end collisions are the most common type of accidents in work zones.
  • Safety for construction workers, motorists, and pedestrians is our number one concern. It is extremely important to be alert for flaggers and construction workers.
  • Please drive cautiously and watch for changes in road surface conditions.
  • Please slow down. Remember, traffic fines are double in work zones.
     

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Remember, please slow down in construction work zones and watch for signs
and instructions from traffic flagging personnel. "A split-second of inattention
on your part can result in the serious injury or death of a highway worker."

Give 'em a Brake

 

Washington State Department of Transportation/Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair St.
Spokane, WA 99207
509.324.6000
 

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WSDOT/Eastern Region Public Affairs
509.324.6015