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Archives: April 2011


Traffic Q&A: Who yields to whom on highways?

Questions: A couple questions this week regarding merging and yielding.

Pat Mills of Spanaway is wondering about the dreaded 176th Street South and Pacific Avenue/State Route 7 intersection.

“During rush hours, drivers from 176th stop for their red light, then proceed (southbound). There are short collector lanes, then these drivers force their way between the cars already on Pacific, who had a green light at the intersection. There is no sign on Pacific warning drivers of an upcoming merge. Are the drivers turning right supposed to be yielding to the cross traffic, or are the drivers on Pacific supposed

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UPDATE: ALL CLEAR: Collisions blocking lanes on southbound I-5 near Gravelly Lake Drive

UPDATE as of 6:50 p.m.

WSDOT reports that all lanes are clear.

UPDATE as of 5:55 p.m.

State Trooper Guy Gill said the backup on southbound I-5 at Gravelly Lake Drive is caused by three separate collisions involving eight vehicles, including a jack-knifed semi-truck.

Some of the drivers suffered minor injuries.

A cement truck is also on its side in the northbound I-5 lanes just south of state Route 512, Gill said.

Although the truck is not blocking lanes, drivers are slowing down to look at the accident.

Traffic in the southbound lanes is backed up to SR

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Earlier problems make for longer Monday morning commute

Drivers headed north on Interstate 5 through Pierce County are getting stuck in heavy traffic this morning, the state DOT reports.

Earlier crashes in Tacoma and near the Interstate 5-state Route 18 interchange in King County have prompted the slow commute.

Heavy backups have been reported from the I-5/state Route 16 interchange to the King-Pierce county line, DOT reported just before 9 a.m.


Drivers to be diverted through SR 16 toll plazas Thursday night

All drivers headed eastbound on state Route 16 from Gig Harbor to Tacoma will be routed through the toll plaza starting Thursday night for semi-annual maintenance.

The 24th Street on-ramp to eastbound SR 16 also will be closed during the maintenance.

The closures are expected to last from 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.



Downtown Gig Harbor hill drivers: Beware of project

Crews in Gig Harbor will place travel restrictions on Stinson Avenue between Harborview Drive and Rosedale Street for at least a month starting Monday due to a water pipe replacement project.

The section of Stinson will be closed to southbound (uphill) travel typically from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. The closure could begin as early as 5 a.m. the day paving occurs. Both travel lanes will be open otherwise. A detour will be in place.

Workers with Gig Harbor-based Pape and Sons Construction Inc. will install a new 12-inch water pipe and pave the section of roadway. It is

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