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Archives: March 2011


Single lane of westbound I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass still closed due to rockslide

One westbound lane of Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass will remain closed until later tonight while crews work to clear a rockslide, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The slide, which occurred about 5 p.m. Tuesday, sent a 12-by-6-foot boulder along the highway.

Crews are breaking the gigantic boulder into smaller pieces and removing it from the highway. They are also working to remove debris from the ditch and restore water drainage along I-90.

Drivers heading west from milepost 70 to milepost 54 may encounter minor delays due to the single lane closure, WSDOT reports.


Girders to be hoisted in place in FWay Thursday, Friday

Crews will be hoisting massive girders for a new flyover bridge in Federal Way’s “the Triangle” freeway interchange today and Friday, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The work will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the west side of Interstate 5 near state Route 18. No lanes will be closed but WSDOT warns drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

Two cranes will be listing the 100-ton, 158-foot-long concrete girders into place. Four girders will be lifted into place each day.

The work is part of a $112 million project intended to ease congestion

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Annual event to honor fallen DOT workers today

The state Department of Transportation will hold a ceremony today to honor employees who have been killed in work zone-related activities.

The 2011 Worker Memorial begins at 10 a.m. at the transportation department’s headquarters in Olympia, 310 Maple Park Ave. S.E.

The event will include a tribute to transportation worker Billy “Bud” Rhynalds. He was killed in January while working on Highway 203 south of Carnation. Rhynalds’ coworkers will unveil a plaque in his honor and a special presentation will be made to his family.

The annual event honors and remembers the 59 state transportation employees who have been killed

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Weekend-long I-5 lane closures coming to Lakewood

Drivers might feel a twinge of déjà vu next month when orange cones, construction crews and lane closures reappear on Interstate 5 in the Lakewood area, the Washington State Department of Transportation reports:

Crews return to Lakewood in April to repave the Clover Creek Bridge. The Washington State Department of Transportation awarded the $650,000 project to C.A. Carey Corp. earlier this year.

Last summer, lane closures and backups were the norm between Martin Way in Thurston County and 48th Street in Pierce County as crews repaired 25 miles of roadway.

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Southbound SR 167 in Kent blocked by collision

A collision is blocking all lanes of southbound state Route 167 just south of state Route 516 in Kent, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Drivers are getting by on the shoulder.

Details of the collision, which occurred at 3:30 p.m., were not immediately available.

UPDATE: All lanes were open as of 4 p.m.


Rolling slowdown this morning on I-5 for pothole repairs

Drivers heading south on Interstate 5 in Tacoma this morning might get caught in a rolling slowdown.

The Washington State Patrol and transportation crews began the rolling slowdown at 9 a.m. at the Puyallup River Bridge. It ends just north of 38th Street.

The rolling slowdown will give maintenance crews time to repair several potholes on the highway.

The slowdown is expected to end at 9:45 a.m.