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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.

Enrollment office for TSA PreCheck opens in Spokane Valley

Enrollment office for TSA PreCheck opens in Spokane Valley

Airport security just got a little easier for people living in Spokane. An enrollment center for the Transportation Safety Commission's program, PreCheck has opened up in the Spokane Valley.

"We travel a lot and we travel to a lot of major airports,? Leslie Johnston said. ?It makes a big difference when you're in a major airport."

Johnston was at the center at 12510 E. Sprague Avenue Thursday applying for PreCheck.

"I waited about three hours," Johnston said. "And that's this time. We came a little before lunch and got turned away."

The process only takes about ten minutes, but could take longer if applicants don't make an appointment. Interested people should go online and fill out the application at universalenroll.dhs.gov. From there, Spokane applicants can go to Absolute Drug Testing at the east Sprague location where they'll verify their citizenship or immigration status and be fingerprinted. There's an $85 non-refundable fee, which has turned off some travelers from taking advantage of PreCheck.

Deadly stretch of Spokane Valley road re-worked

A deadly stretch of Spokane Valley road is being re-worked to eliminate a dip known as the "Ponderosa Jump" where two teens were killed in an October crash.

A construction crew will flatten the roadway to prevent speeding cars from flying off the pavement.

The Spokesman-Review reports the asphalt work will take about a week a cost about $25,000.

Officials say a car was speeding close to 70 mph last October when it left the road and hit a tree before reaching the jump. The crash killed two University High School students, Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott, both 15.

The 16-year-old driver, Preston Maher, has been charged in juvenile court with two counts of vehicular homicide.

Escalating crisis in Iraq driving gas prices higher

Escalating crisis in Iraq driving gas prices higher

The tensions in Iraq could soon be hitting your wallet at the gas pump as experts predict gas prices could hit $4 a gallon and possibly more if the situation doesn't deescalate.

A stay-cation might be a wise option this summer as gas prices are starting to rise.

"This time of year you starting to get into driving season, vacation season and those kinds of things and I think notoriously prices start rising up," Jim Redmon, president of Divine Corporation said.

Washington state has the 4th highest average for a gallon of regular unleaded at $3.94 a gallon. In Spokane the average is 20 cents lower at $3.74.

"It's unfortunate that it gets to be that high but you gotta do what you gotta do, you got to get from A to B, I'm going to pay to what ever it goes to because I gotta get around," Kenneth Lower said.

"It's pretty sad, pretty ridiculous, it's already hard enough to pay this much money, especially if you have to drive a lot," Teresa Hankins said.

The fact is, rising violence in Iraq could lead to rising prices at the gas pump.

Washington conducting impaired driving survey this weekend

Washington conducting impaired driving survey this weekend

Washington state and the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission are teaming up to conduct surveys on impaired drivers through the weekend.

The survey is completely anonymous and voluntary and the goal is to gain perspective on what is in Washington driver's systems and find out what the state needs to educate the public on.

"When you're driving down the road do you ever wonder how many impaired drivers are around you? Well we do to," Karen Wigen, Spokane County Target Zero Task Force, said.

The anonymous, voluntary survey be conducted on the roadside across the state.

"This is the first time that we've ever done a driver impairment data collection study in Washington state," Wigen said.

The NHTSC paid the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation $250,000 to conduct the survey in six counties. Because of the legalization of marijuana the surveys will give a snapshot of motorists' drug and alcohol use before pot stores open in the coming months.

"PIRE is going to run the study on I think it will be 75 drugs, illegal, legal and over the counter," Wigen said.

STA offers easy Bloomsday transportation

STA offers easy Bloomsday transportation

With over 50,000 people descending on downtown Spokane on Sunday for Bloomsday, driving probably isn’t the best way to get to the starting line. Spokane Transit Authority is once again providing shuttle services to and from the race so you can focus on your pace instead of your parking.

The STA Bloomsday Shuttles will leave from four locations across Spokane and Spokane County. Pick up locations are as follows:

Shuttles provided for Bloomsday Trade Show

Shuttles provided for Bloomsday Trade Show

Due to construction, parking will short in downtown Spokane for the Bloomsday Trade Show on Friday and Saturday. In an effort to reduce parking stress, Bloomsday is providing free shuttles from the Spokane Arena to the Convention Center.

"The expansion of the Convention Center and construction of a new hotel across the street are going to be great additions to Spokane," said Lilac Bloomsday Association President Steven Jones. "But they'll make getting in and out of the area challenging for at least this year."