Sept. 1, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Football fans headed to Pullman Saturday for Washington State University's season opening game with the Utah Utes are being urged to consider alternate routes, thus avoiding road construction delays between Steptoe and Colfax on Highway 195.
"We are urging our football fans who normally use Highway 195 from the north to consider one of several alternate routes," offered WSU Athletic Director Rick Dickson. "While 195 is the primary route for many folks coming from the Spokane area, there are several alternate routes that will better serve our fans for all of our games in September."
"Our objective in suggesting several alternative routes is to minimize game-day delays so it will not take much longer than normal to drive to Pullman," Dickson said.
Suggested routes to Cougar football games include:
1. From the immediate Spokane area and from areas west of Spokane, exit Highway 195 at Rosalia, taking Highway 271 east to Highway 27, then south through Oakesdale and Palouse to Pullman.
2. For fans in the Spokane Valley, use Pines Road south, which then becomes Highway 27 south through Fairfield, Tekoa, Oakesdale, Garfield and Palouse to Pullman.
3. Fans in Northern Idaho and in extreme Eastern Washington are urged to use Idaho Highway 95 south from Coeur d'Alene to Moscow and then west on Idaho 8/Washington 270 to Pullman.
4. Cougar football fans from the central part of the state and from Western Washington who normally drive to Spokane and then south on 195 are urged to use Highway 26, which traverses the central portion of the state from Vantage to Colfax.
"We are confident our fans will experience few delays if they use one of the suggested alternate routes," said Dickson. "For those fans who choose to use Highway 27, a flagger will be stationed in Oakesdale to help move traffic through town quickly."
"Officials with the DOT, the Washington State Patrol, and our local law enforcement agencies are doing everything they can to make sure our fans arrive in Pullman safely and without delays," offered the WSU athletic director. "Signs will be posted at several junctions, including Rosalia."
"Our goal in setting up and urging the use of the alternate routes is to make sure our fans arrive in Pullman as quickly as possible," said Dickson. "However, I also urge our fans to leave home a little earlier than they have in the past and to take advantage of the restaurants along the route they select.
Dickson also cited several campus activities that gear up in the morning, including pre-game activities in Hollingbery Fieldhouse (10:00 a.m.) and the Northwest Dodge Family Carnival for kids at the WSU Soccer Field (11:00 a.m.). In addition WSU's volleyball team will be in action at noon at Beasley Coliseum in the annual Cougar Challenge and other campus area activities also gear up in the morning, well in advance of the 1:00 p.m. kickoff.
The reason for the need for alternate routes is construction in the area of Steptoe, which is nine miles north of Colfax and south of Rosalia. Currently, the entire road bed just south of Steptoe is torn up and travelers going south are being re-routed at Steptoe to a side road that re-joins 195 just north of Colfax.
"In all our communications with officials at the Washington Department of Transportation, it appears the road between Steptoe and Colfax will be under construction for most of September, so these alternate routes will be wise choices for all of our games this month," Dickson concluded.