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By Drew Lawson
The Record-Times 

Interstate closure snarls traffic

Backups for miles in east County


Last updated 8/24/2023 at 9:22am

Washington Dept. of Transportation

Traffic backs up as far as the eye can see in the northbound lane of State Highway 23 near Sprague Sunday, Aug. 20. Traffic around Lincoln County saw historic backups due to Interstate 90's fire-related closure from Sprague to Four Lakes.

DAVENPORT - An Interstate 90 closure from Sprague to Four Lakes caused by the Gray Fire in Medical Lake detoured traffic through east Lincoln County and created miles-long backups on various highways throughout the area this weekend.

Officials and locals reported seeing bumper-to-bumper traffic on U.S. Highway 2 from Airway Heights to Davenport and on State Highway 231 from Sprague to U.S. Highway 2 west of Reardan.

"I would describe that as a once in 100-year event," Lincoln County Sheriff Gabe Gants said.

Between Saturday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug. 20, deputies between the Sheriff's Off...

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