BNSF Railway emergency repairs will affect I-90 drivers

SPOKANE, Wash. — You should expect to see some delays in your commute starting on Wednesday.

BNSF Railway crews will do emergency repairs to a railroad overpass after it was hit by a vehicle in downtown Spokane in September. These repairs will affect people driving on I-90 for the next 10 days.

Starting Wednesday morning, the right two lanes of northbound Division Street at Sprague Avenue will be closed. WSDOT says you should prepare for delays on I-90, as well as additional congestion in both directions of I-90 near Division Street.

“That afternoon you know 4:30 to 6:00 o’clock commute could see some delays and backups on Interstate I-90,” Washington State Department of Transportation Eastern Region communications manager Joe Mchale said.

WSDOT encourages you to use different routes.

The repairs are expected to take 10 days and will happen from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Division Street will fully reopen after 7 p.m.

Sierra Cevy works at a gas station in the area of the delays. She uses Division Street frequently to get her son to daycare and to work.

“If I don’t get him there by a specific time, he’s unable to go to daycare, so it’s pretty frustrating to have this going on, and not get him there on time. I almost wasn’t able to get him in today which was kind of frustrating,” Cevy said.

Cevy says it typically takes her five minutes’ drive her son to daycare, however that commute time is now bumped up to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, for people like Scott Olson driving down Division is already a rough time as is. The closures add another headache for drivers.

“It’s a nightmare. Once you get past further down Ruby it gets easier but right here at the beginning because people are coming off Sprague and unfortunately going this way as well and they’re turning where they’re not supposed to be turning,” Scott Olson said.

“As long as this is going on, I’ll have to leave early to get to work on time or make it to the daycare on time and then work and then get to work on time,” Cevy said.

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