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Keller Ferry out of service for repairs Dec. 20-22

Keller Ferry out of service for repairs Dec. 20-22

Keller Ferry commuters will need to find and alternate route to cross the Columbia River this weekend as crews make permanent repairs to the ferry’s steering system.

 

The ferry will be out of service starting at 6:00 a.m., Saturday, December 20 with service anticipated to resume at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, December 22.

 

Over the weekend, crews from Rolls Royce will make permanent repairs to the vessel’s steering system. The rudder actuator has failed on several occasions, requiring temporary repairs.

 

Rolls Royce will complete the repairs under warranty. A team from the Washington State Ferries Vessel Engineering Division will monitor the work. Final approval of the repairs must be issued by the U.S. Coast Guard before the ferry can return to service.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Vantage Bridge on I-90 closed

TRAFFIC ALERT: Vantage Bridge on I-90 closed

A multi-vehicle accident involving an estimated 15 semitrucks and 6 cars has prompted Washington State Department of Transportation to close part of Interstate 90 in central Washington.

I-90 westbound is closed at milepost 136 near the Vantage Bridge over the Columbia river, and eastbound at milepost 115 near Kittitas.

Drivers are being detoured onto local roads. There is no estimate for a reopening time. 

The collision occured just after 11 am eastbound near milepost 127.

Washington deadline to remove studded tires

Washington deadline to remove studded tires

Monday is the deadline for drivers to remove studded tires.

Drivers with studded tires after Monday could get a $124 ticket.

The Transportation Department wants studded tires off the road because they cause highway ruts and damage bridge decks.

Flooding closes several roads across Inland Northwest

Flooding closes several roads across Inland Northwest

Warm temperatures across the Inland Northwest have led to rapidly melting snow and flooding around the region.

There are reports of water over the roadway in Reardan, Davenport, Odessa, Harrington and Colfax.

The Washington State Patrol is reporting several road closures due to water over the roadway as a result of the snowmelt.

In Lincoln County, SR 231 has been closed between Interstate 90 and SR 2. State Route 23 has also been closed between St. John and Sprague. Between Sprague and Harrington SR 23 is open but flooding has been reported in numerous locations along the road and could be closed at any time as of 3:30 p.m.

Water has undercut part of the roadway on SR 27 five miles south of Oakesdale, with part of the northbound lane washed away, but the road remains open.

SR 25 has one lane open north from Davenport.

In Whitman County, water is also reported over the roadway in Colfax.

In Spokane County, water is reported over the roadway on SR 27 three miles north of Latah; water is also over the roadway on State Route 2 two miles west of Airway Heights.

Three dead in North Idaho crashes

Three dead in North Idaho crashes

Three people have been killed Tuesday in two separate crashes in North Idaho, while there have been multiple crashes and collisions reported across Eastern Washington.

Two people were killed in a two car crash on Interstate-90 near Cataldo. A man and woman were driving in a Nissan Pathfinder westbound around 10:30 a.m. when they lost control, went across the median and slammed into a semi-truck. The truck ended up in the eastbound lanes, while the Pathfinder came to a rest in the median.

The woman in the passenger seat died on impact while the male driver was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The victims have not been identified. The two people in the semi-truck were not injured.

The crash slowed traffic in the westbound lanes while eastbound traffic was diverted off the freeway for about five hours. Idaho State Police say slick roads were a major factor in the crash.

In Nez Perce County, one person was killed in a two-vehicle crash along Highway 12 at 8:11 a.m. In that collision the driver of a tractor trailer crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a pick-up truck.

Tanker spill closes Hwy 17

Tanker spill closes Hwy 17

Highway 17 is closed as crews from the Department of Ecology work to transfer ethanol from a tanker truck that crashed in a bridge over Lind Coulee around 6 am.


No one was hurt in the crash. Ecology reports that less than 100 gallons of ethanol spilled onto the roadway and none of it reached water in a nearby canal. Highway 17 will remain closed as crews work to transfer approximately 6,0000 gallons of ethanol into a new tank and right the truck.

Personalized license plates celebrate 40 years

Personalized license plates celebrate 40 years

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