WSDOT/Eastern Region Construction Activity & Possible Delays for Nov. 19-29, 2015
HOLIDAY TRAVEL ALERT: WSDOT construction work in the Eastern Region will not affect traffic from noon, Wednesday November 25th, through Sunday, November 29th, in anticipation of increased Thanksgiving holiday traffic. 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:
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.
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Highway Construction and Maintenance
The following Washington State Department of Transportation projects may have traffic impacts in Spokane, Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Whitman and northeast Franklin counties during this period. Motorists are encouraged to use caution when traveling in these areas and “Give ‘em a Brake” in construction zones. Please note: Many of these activities are subject to good weather conditions and schedules may change.
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WSDOT Spokane Metro Area Projects
NSC/BNSF Railway Structures/Realignment & Ped/Bike Trail Extension
Traffic Impacts: Minor items. 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
Projects outside of Spokane
SR 21/Bear Creek Vicinity (MP 136)
Traffic Impacts: Drivers should be alert for flaggers directing single lane, alternating traffic.
Project Description: Fuel spill clean-up. The US Environmental Protection Agency and Colville Tribe are handling this work.
SR 21/Keller Ferry (MP 106)
Traffic Impacts: The Keller Ferry is in service.
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/ Washington road condition reports including Mountain Pass conditions are also available by calling Travel Information at 5-1-1.
The City of Spokane has current street construction listed on their website.
- 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.
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."
Washington State Department of Transportation/Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair St.
Spokane, WA 99207
This page maintained by Al Gilson
WSDOT/Eastern Region Public Affairs