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Archives: Sep. 2011


Daily closures planned on East D Street in Tacoma

Crews will temporarily close East D Street for a week starting Tuesday morning while work continues on the Murray Morgan Bridge, Tacoma city officials said today.

The closures will happen daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of the weekend.

Workers will be making repairs on the girders and columns on the east side approach to the bridge. Detours around the work area will be in place.


ALL CLEAR: Serious-injury crash blocks SR 410 in Buckley

UPDATED at 10:10 a.m.

A serious-injury, two-car crash that blocked both directions of state Route 410 near 234th Avenue East in Buckley has been cleared, the state DOT reports.

The crash occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m. It was cleared up by 9:15 a.m.

Two people have been taken to Tacoma General Hospital for treatment, the Washington State Patrol reports. Their conditions were not immediately known.

The crash when the driver of an eastbound Acura Integra attempted to make a left turn and was hit by an Acura Legacy that was going westbound, troopers reported.  Both cars were totaled and came

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UPDATED: One lane of SR 167 blocked at SR 512

An overturned semi-truck is blocking one lane of southbound state Route 167 to westbound state Route 512, the state DOT reports this morning.

UPDATE: A diesel spill has been reported.

Southbound traffic on SR 167 is backed up one-half mile and westbound SR 410 traffic is backed up a mile.

UPDATE 2: The semi’s trailer was loaded with paper and will need to be cleaned up.

UPDATE 3: The diesel spill was not on the roadway. Three tow trucks are removing the semi-truck from the scene.

Southbound traffic is backed up more than three miles to 24th Street East. Westbound

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Expect delays on Tacoma’s Dock Street for bridge project

Traffic flaggers will direct drivers around closures on Dock Street this week as crews set up scaffolding for construction on the Murray Morgan Bridge.

Flaggers will be present from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday between Dock Street and the railroad tracks, city officials said.

The project to restore vehicle access to the bridge started in April and is slated to be complete by the end of 2012.


Electronic toll lanes on SR 16 to be closed two nights this week

Crews will close all of the electronic toll lanes across the Narrows Bridge for two nights this week so upgraded readers can be installed.

The lanes will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, from 8 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. the next morning. All vehicles will be detoured through the toll booths during the closures, the state DOT reports.

The upgrade will allow the readers to read the new and old Good to Go passes, DOT reports.

The on-ramp from 24th Street Northwest to eastbound state Route 16 in Gig Harbor will stay open during the closures.


Car vs. pedestrian blocking eastbound SR 512 in Lakewood

A collision involving a car and a pedestrian is blocking the eastbound lanes of state Route 512 at South Tacoma Way in Lakewood, according to the state Department of Transportation.

State troopers are on scene and drivers are getting around the area on the shoulder.

UPDATE as of 3:45 p.m.

All lanes are open, WSDOT reports.


Ribbon cutting Wednesday for the SR 410 widening project in Bonney Lake

The widening project on state Route 410 in Bonney Lake is complete and residents are invited to a ribbon cutting Wednesday morning.

The 1.5-mile project added one lane in each direction, added a raised median to separate east and westbound traffic between 214th and 234th avenues and installed a new traffic signal at the split intersection of 233rd and 234th avenues.

Construction on the $18.4 million project started in May, according to the state Department of Transportation.

A ribbon cutting will be held at 10 a.m. today on SR 410 at the vacant lot at 225th Avenue near Bowen Auto

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What’s the best time to travel on Labor Day weekend?

If you’re trying to get out of town for one last summer trip, your best bet to avoid congestion is to start very early or wait until evening. That’s according to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic predictions for Labor Day weekend. WSDOT put together these handy charts to help plan a quick escape – or at least prepare yourself for traffic snarls.

Here’s the chart for Friday for the dreaded I-5 stretch between Tacoma and Olympia.

For more days and routes, including I-90, Stevens Pass and the Canadian border, check out WSDOT’s website.

Below is some more travel advice from the DOT:

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