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Detour time in Grant County

Country Road T NE, between Country Roads 6 NE and 7 NE, will be closed to all traffic right after Memorial Day weekend.

Culvert replacement will close down this stretch of road starting Tuesday, May 29th through June 14th.

During construction, officials ask that Country Roads S NE and U NE be used as detours.

Construction hours will be Monday through Thursday from 6 AM to 4:30 PM. Contact your local Public Works officials with additional questions at 509-754-6082.

 

Motorcycle accident injures two near Hartline

Motorcycle accident injures two near Hartline

A motorcycle accident injured two people Saturday evening eight miles north of Hartline. First responders were dispatched around 5:30 p.m. to the accident.

Crash investigators say Benjamin A. Baer, 30, of Grand Coulee failed to make the curve at Road 50-Northeast while driving northbound. Baer and his wife, Anna, 25, were thrown from the motorcycle to the side of the road. Both were transported to Coulee Community Medical Center.

Anna was treated at the medical center for non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Baer was later flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane by MedStar helicopter for treatment of serious injuries to the head.

Investigators say they were wearing helmets not approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation to reduce the risk of head injuries.

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.

Bus Crash Investigation Continues

Bus Crash Investigation Continues

Investigators from the Washington State Patrol will be back in Quincy next week, as they continue to gather information about what caused a school bus crash last week.

The bus was carrying 38 student when the driver drifted off the road, overcorrected and rolled the bus. Every student on the bus suffered some type of injury; one student was airlifted to Moses Lake with more serious injuries and another student was taken to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee with a critical head injury. All of the students are now out of the hospital. Now, it's up to troopers to talk to them and try to piece together what happened.

Sgt. Jerry Cooper is with the WSP major accident investigation team. He says the bus did not have any mechanical issues and there were no issues with the road or weather that contributed to the accident.

They're hoping the interviews with the students will help them determine what happened. They'll be working with parents to make sure they can get statements without further traumatizing any of the students.

Grand Coulee Dam Preps For Construction

Grand Coulee Dam Preps For Construction

Things are going to be getting a little busy for Grand Coulee Dam. Hopefully this doesn't ruin your family roadtrip plans, but we’ve been advised that residents in the area should be prepared to hear helicopter crews overhead for the next four weeks as overhead lines over the dam are removed.

To ensure public safety, there will be some traffic delays in the area says Lynne Brougher, Grand Coulee Power. Delays start March 12th to the 24th. Motorists can anticipate 5-10 minutes delays on Highway 155 and flaggers guiding drivers through the construction zone. The work zone lasts from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

Visitors to the dam can also expect the Lower Visitor Center Park to be closed from February 26th to April 14th to accommodate the removal of high voltage towers in the park.

The Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center will also be closed from March 12th to the 17th. Makeshift operations will be set up to the Magnetometer Building on the west side of the river in town.

Alcohol Factors In Saturday Night Crash Near Reardan

A vehicle accident left four injured seven miles north of Reardan Saturday night. Around 10:45 p.m., the driver, Pearl T. McCoy, 23, with three other passengers, was heading northbound on SR231 when she steered to the right of the road, over-corrected and left the roadway to the left, striking several trees before coming to a rest.

McCoy was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital along with another passenger, Dale M. Park, 34, for injuries. Joseph M. Curd,41, and Arril R. Denison, 46 were transported to Davenport Hospital for injuries.

Washington State Patrol says alcohol was a factor in the accident. The driver has been charged with vehicular assault.