WSU Students Urged to Find Alternate Route from Spokane

PULLMAN, Wash. — Road construction on Highway 195 is causing traffic delays for
motorists traveling to Washington State University. An alternate route is recommended for
students attending fall semester classes starting August 23.
The Department of Transportation construction project is underway between Steptoe and
Colfax. Vehicles are being detoured around the project on a narrow secondary road, resulting in
delays of about 15 minutes. These delays will increase with heavy traffic.
Delays can be expected 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the construction period.
Drivers headed south from Spokane can avoid traffic slow-downs by taking the Highway
271 exit located just past Rosalia. The route goes through Oakesdale and becomes Highway 27.
Drivers then travel through Garfield and Palouse before arriving in Pullman.
This alternative is only slightly longer than the route through Colfax.
A variation on this route is Highway 27 from Pines Road the Spokane Valley, traveling
through Tekoa to Oakesdale and on to Pullman.
Another alternative is through Idaho on U.S. 95 to Moscow. This route can be accessed from the
Spokane Valley on Highway 27 or through Coeur d’Alene.
Construction is expected to last through late September. This time period includes two WSU
home football games. Drivers should allow for extra time on game days.