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Archives: Nov. 2010

Nov.
30th

Avalanche work closes eastbound lanes of I-90 near Denny Creek

UPDATE: The avalanche work is complete and all lanes are now open.

INITIAL POST: Eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Denny Creek and Gold Creek are closed for avalanche control work at the snow shed, the state Department of Transportation reports.

The lanes were shut down at 4:30 p.m. It is unknown how long the avalanche work will take and when eastbound lanes will reopen.

Westbound lanes are open.

Nov.
30th

Construction planned for 1st Street NW in Auburn

A section of 1st Street Northeast in Auburn will close Wednesday and Thursday while crews install a new traffic signal conduit.

Drivers heading west cannot access the street from Auburn Way North to D Street Northeast between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Eastbound traffic will not be affected and businesses will remain open during construction.

Nov.
29th

Closure starts for westbound 176th Street East

A road closure in the Frederickson area means drivers heading west on 176th Street East will be impacted starting today.

While contractors replace a stormwater culvert, drivers will be detoured at 36th Avenue East to Military Road and return to 176th Street East at Waller Road East.

Eastbound traffic will not be affected.

This is the second closure for the project and a third is expected, according to Pierce County Public Works and Utilities.

The road is scheduled to reopen by Dec. 22 if weather cooperates.

Nov.
26th

Expect delays on Carbon River bridge near Carbonado next week

Motorists who use the State Route 165 Carbon River Bridge could experience delays of up to an hour next week as Washington State Department of Transportation bridge preservation crews inspect the structure.

Crews will intermittently close the one-lane bridge from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A bridge inspection truck  will be on the bridge during work hours, creating the potential for delays. Flaggers will direct traffic.

Built in 1921, the single-lane bridges handled about 400 vehciles a day.
WSDOT conducted an annual inspection of the bridge in April 2010, and this month will take a look

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Nov.
26th

Westbound SR-16 lanes from I-5 to close nightly next week


The Washington State Department of Transportation will close at night next week all  lanes of westbound  State Route 16 from Interstate 5 for segmental bridge work on the  Nalley Valley project.

The lanes from southbound and northbound I-5  will close nightly from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday and again from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Dec. 4.

During the closures, traffic from both directions of I-5 will detour to 38th Street to Union to State Route 16.

Once the westbound Nalley Valley viaduct  project is complete in 2011, the segmental

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Nov.
24th

Pierce County road condition updates for Wednesday

Pierce County sent this release updating weather road conditions for Wednesday:

As of 4 a.m. Wednesay, all arterial lifeline routes were plowed and treated with salt and sand. Crews have made excellent progress over the last 24 hours in spite of the extreme cold temperatures. In all areas 500 ft. or below, roads were thoroughly plowed and treated.

Over 50% of primary roads were returned to bare pavement and the balance were treated. When the sun comes up, the radiant heat will allow the chemical to perform and crews should be able to stay on track with the goal

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Nov.
23rd

DOT preparing for more icy roads

State transportation crews are reloading their trucks and preparing for another icy day on the region’s highways.

Crews have been able to keep most central Puget Sound routes open today. But continued cold temperatures are in the forecast through Wednesday could bring more ice tomorrow.

The state Department of Transportation has 250 trucks and 300 crew members working 12-hour shifts.

“Forecasts call for warmer temperatures Thursday. That looks like the best day to travel,” said Chris Christopher, DOT’s maintenance director.

If you drive today or tomorrow, DOT advises that you allow extra time, slow down, allow extra space between vehicles,

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