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Archives: Nov. 2011


ALL CLEAR: Crash blocks I-5 in Federal Way

UPDATE: All lanes are back open.


The three right lanes of northbound Interstate 5 in Federal Way are blocked this morning because of a crash, the state DOT reports.

The crash occurred shortly after 7 a.m. just south of the state Route 18 exit.

Firefighters, State Patrol troopers and transportation crews are on the scene.

Drivers should expect delays.


Blocking accident in Fife

UPDATE: Accident has been cleared. Lanes open.

The state DOT reports a collision on Interstate 5 northbound at Milepost 138, near Porter Way. The four right lanes are blocked and traffic getting by on the HOV lane. Crews are on scene and are responding to injuries.

Wet and ugly conditions out there, folks. Be careful.


Pack your patience, this looks like a doozy of a commute

Yikes! That commute on Interstate 5 is looking ugly.

Traffic is already heavy through Pierce County on I-5. Drivers are stop-and-go on southbound I-5 in Tacoma and through Lakewood, according to the state DOT’s website.

The northbound commute looks heavy from Olympia through Lakewood.

“If you’re going northbound on I-5 from Olympia get ready for brake lights at Nisqually River,” State Patrol trooper Guy Gill posted on Twitter this afternoon.

Traffic also looks slow around the Pierce-King county line.


ALL CLEAR: Crash blocks lanes of I-5 in Lakewood

UPDATED at 6:40 a.m.

Crews have reopened all lanes of of southbound Interstate 5 in Lakewood after a multiple-vehicle crash initially blocked all lanes.

The accident occurred at Berkeley Street just after 6 a.m., the state DOT reports. Troopers and firefighters responded.

Traffic is backed up past Bridgeport Way.

Drivers should expect “big backups and delays,” DOT reports. They are encouraged to take alternative routes.



Getting out of town? Pick the best time to beat the traffic

If you’re headed to Grandmother’s house or any other place out of town for Thanksgiving, expect to hit some traffic, especially if you’re traveling Interstate 5 or the mountain passes.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is offering some handy tools to help drivers avoid peak times on major routes – or at least know what they are getting into.

These charts from WSDOT show likely traffic delays on I-5 between Tacoma and Olympia on Wednesday and Thursday, based on typical holiday travel patterns. The idea would be to avoid the peak times shown in red.
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Crash blocks all lanes of southbound Interstate 5 near Federal Way

UPDATE, 9:50 a.m.: The state Department of Transportation announced that all lanes of southbound I-5 near Federal Way have reopened.

UPDATE, 7:42 a.m.: The crash is now blocking the two right lanes of southbound Interstate 5.

The State Patrol is on the scene, which is just south of the 272nd Street exit.

EARLIER POST: A collision is blocking all lanes of traffic on southbound Interstate 5 near the South 272nd Street exit.

The Washington State Patrol and aid units are on scene.

The collision occurred just before 6 a.m. and blocked only two lanes of traffic. A statement from the

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Two injured in head-on crash in Puyallup

Two people suffered non-life threatening injuries in a head-on crash this afternoon in Puyallup.

The crash occurred just after 1:40 p.m. in the 1800 block of East Main Avenue, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue reported.

The fire agency reports that traffic is heavy in the area and asks drivers to find alternate routes.