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Archives: May 2011


Traffic Q&A: Stopping for ramp meter signal

Question: “I see a lot of people ignore and go through a red on-ramp traffic signal. Is this legal or can a violation be issued to drivers?”
– Curtis Lewis, Puyallup

Answer: It is not legal to ignore the light. A ramp meter signal has the same status as any other signal and running through it is considered failing to obey a traffic signal, confirms Washington State Patrol spokesman J.J. Gundermann.

The Washington State Department of Transportation offer this guidance for motorists encountering ramp meters: “Drive your vehicle up to the white line, or stop bar, to trigger

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ALL CLEARED: Crash blocked lanes of I-5 in Tacoma, backup remains

3:15 a.m. UPDATE: Southbound traffic is backed up for six miles. Northbound drivers are backed up two miles. The crash has been cleared, WSP reports.

2:30 p.m. UPDATE: Traffic is backed up two miles.

ORIGINAL POST: A multiple-vehicle crash is blocking three lanes of southbound Interstate 5 just south of the 38th Street exit, the state DOT and Washington State Patrol reports.

The crash involves a semi truck and several other vehicles. The vehicles and responding emergency vehicles are blocking the three left lanes.

Troopers are investigating.



How was your commute past SR 16 this morning?

Last weekend’s traffic shift as part of the Nalley Valley viaduct construction project was expected to cause traffic tie-ups.

Drivers are now required to  use a narrow, 15-mile-per-hour bypass route when going from northbound Interstate 5 to state Route 16. The new route has the potential of backing up traffic onto I-5 for as far as three miles during peak travel times.

So did it?

The News Tribune would like to know how your commute was this morning as you drove through the Nalley Valley viaduct or north on I-5 past state Route 16.

Was it longer than normal?

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Reminder: Expect delays on northbound I-5 at SR 16 today

Just a reminder that your commute on Interstate 5 into Tacoma will look a little different this morning.

Over the weekend, DOT crews shifted traffic on the Nalley Valley viaduct.

Drivers going west on state Route 16 are now required to use a narrow, 15-mile-per-hour bypass route, which traffic planners say has potential of backing up traffic on I-5 for as far as three miles during peak travel times.

Freeway traffic near 38th Street have been directed onto alternate routes.


Sections of 132nd Way SW in Auburn to close Wednesday

Sections of 132nd Way Southeast will be closed Wednesday while crews pave the roadway, according to Auburn city officials.

The work is scheduled to be done from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the Kendal Ridge development.

Flaggers will be on scene directing traffic through the intersection. Drivers should expect delays.