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Archives: Feb. 2011


Mudslide blocks southbound SR 7 in Ohop Valley

A mudslide is completely blocking the southbound lane of state Route 7 at milepost 31 near Peterson Road East in Ohop Valley, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The slide was reported at 4 p.m. Drivers are getting past the lane in the northbound lane. Expect delays.


TRAFFIC Q&A: What’s the deal with back-in parking at UP Town Center?

From reporter Christian Hill:

Question: Suzi Loya of Gig Harbor noticed the back-in angle parking in front of the University Place Town Center while driving down Bridgeport Way recently. She wonders how a driver accomplishes this maneuver safely and the advantages it has over pull-in or parallel parking.

Answer: The city elected to construct the back-in angle parking after a consultant’s recommendation and internal study prior to construction of the improvements along Bridgeport Way in 2009.

City officials have say this type of parking is safer than the alternative because it’s easier for motorists to see oncoming motorists and bicyclists

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Vehicle spinouts blocking SR 16 at Jackson Avenue

The state Department of Transportation reports that several vehicle have spun out on eastbound state Route 16 near Jackson Avenue, causing long delays.

Traffic is backed up to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge but drivers are using the left lane to get through.


Sound Transit adds afternoon snow train to Tacoma

In response to heavy snow predicted for this evening’s commute, Sound Transit will operate two extra Sounder trains for southbound riders who want to head home early.

In addition to its regular commuter rail service, Sound Transit will run an early southbound train from King Street Station at 2:30 p.m. This train will depart Tukwila at 2:42 p.m., Kent at 2:49 p.m., Auburn at 2:56 p.m., Sumner at 3:05 p.m., and Puyallup at 3:09 p.m. before arriving in Tacoma at 3:30 p.m.

A reverse commute train to Seattle will depart Tacoma Dome Station at 3:50 p.m., Puyallup at 4:02 p.m.,

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WSP: Grace period for out-of-compliance drivers on Puyallup Bridge ends today

The State Patrol says the grace period for overweight vehicles crossing the aging Puyallup Bridge has concluded and drivers not following the new law will be ticketed.

Signs were installed last week along state Route 167 reminding drivers that vehicles over 10,000 gross weight are restricted to the right lane while crossing the bridge.

The 86-year-old bride is deteriorating and officials are trying to reduce the amount of stress to the bridge deck to preserve its durability.


Traffic Q&A: Roadwork at Exit 135

Question: Skeeter Glenn and Linda Hoerling-Glenn of Tacoma are wondering what’s up with all the construction activity at Exit 135 on Interstate 5.

Answer: The road work is the first stage of a mega project to expand capacity and smooth bottlenecks from Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road.

“This widening and improvement project on I-5 from Portland Avenue to the Port of Tacoma sets the stage for a larger project on I-5 that will build new bridges across the Puyallup River for future HOV lanes,” according to the Washington Department of Transportation’s Web site.

“Crews will widen

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UPDATED: Lane blocked on southbound I-5 in Tacoma

UPDATE: All lanes open.

A car vs. semi-truck  collision blocks the left lane of southbound Interstate 5 in Tacoma between 38th and 48th streets.
The collision occurred about 8:40 a.m.
Washington State Department of Transportation Incident Response, emergency responders and Washington State Patrol are on scene. Drivers should expect delays.