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Fire detours snarl traffic for miles

Vehicles back up for miles through Cheney area


August 24, 2023

LINDA PANTZER | Free Press Publishing

Eastbound Interstate 90 traffic backed west of Sprague while a detour was in place Sunday.

CHENEY - As emergency officials pushed traffic off Interstate 90 and into the city, traffic backed up for miles.

At times Saturday and Sunday, traffic was bumper-to-bumper from the Cheney-Spokane Road to the Cheney Free Press building, 1616 W. First St.

Periodically, traffic was shifted west to state Highway 231 through Edwall and Reardan. But traffic backups on that small two-lane road and a crash in the southbound lane forced traffic back into Cheney or west to Davenport and Harrington.

For a while, the interstate closed at Sprague for eastbound travelers and U.S. Highway 2 for folks tryi...

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