Authorities easing Pullman traffic crunch for WSU football

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by Hayley Guenthner & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 5:23 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 7 at 6:12 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Area law enforcement are bracing for home football games in Pullman. Police said Washington State University Cougar fans swamp the highways coming to the Palouse, and they're working to clear things out a bit.

Last month, Washington State Patrol, Whitman County Sheriff's Department, Pullman Police, Colfax Police, and others met to devise a plan to make traffic run smoother on game days. They will put up additional signage, and will occasionally have extra flaggers on duty encouraging drivers headed from the Westside to take routes besides 195 through Colfax. Those routes include State Route 27, as well as, State Route 271 off of 195.

Police told KREM 2 they hope this will shave some travel time off for fans and ease the havoc on Colfax locals.

"I don't dare cross 195," said Gloria Wehmeier. "I go nowhere on game day. Getting out of the driveway is impossible."

Other locals KREM talked to said when WSU plays at home, traffic is often backed up all the way through town. Police said they'll also have some extra crews out patrolling.

Constructions on 195 should be wrapped up by noon on Friday. For those who do stay on 195, there shouldn't be an traffic related delays.
 

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