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Archives: Jan. 2012


ALL CLEAR: Deadly crash closes westbound SR 16

UPDATED at 11:42 a.m.

The westbound lanes of state Route 16 near Burnham Drive have reopened after slick roads this morning caused several crashes -  including one that killed a woman, the state DOT and State Patrol report.

A 44-year-old woman was out of her vehicle, trying to help with another crash when she was struck and killed, State Patrol spokesman Guy Gill reported.

A State Patrol trooper was also hit and suffered knee and shoulder injuries. He was treated and released from the hospital.

According to Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One, two vehicles crashed about 5:20 a.m.

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UPDATE: SR 162 in Wilkeson reopens

UPDATE as of 3 p.m.

All lanes are now open.


The state Department of Transportation reports that state Route 162 is closed in both directions at South Prairie and Mundy Loss Road because of downed power lines and trees across the roadway.

The closure is between mileposts 17 and 19 in the Wilkeson area.

Local utility crews are trying to clear the power lines and remove the trees from the road, DOT said Sunday morning.

Local access is permitted at driver’s own risk, DOT said.

There is no estimated end to the closure. This story will

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UPDATE: SR 161 opens after trees, power lines cleared

UPDATE, 1:30 P.M.: The Department of Transportation says that SR 161 is now open to traffic. The power lines and tree debris that blocked the road were cleared just after 1 p.m. Sunday.

DOT tweeted that SR 161 still has some shoulder restrictions due to trees and debris being moved out of the roadway. Drivers are advised to use caution in the area.

Earlier post: Fallen trees and power lines continue blocking state Route 161, also known as Meridian East, between Clear Lake Road South and Webster Road, the state Department of Transportation reports.

Local access is permitted along that

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UPDATED: WSP has closed both Tacoma Narrows bridges

Drivers were still waiting on state Route 16 and on various side streets to cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridges late this afternoon, hours after Washington State Patrol troopers closed both spans because of large ice chunks falling onto the bridge deck.

On the Gig Harbor side, Richard Heistand was heading to St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma to pick up his girlfriend who had just gone through surgery when his trip was delayed.

Several Bremerton Kitsap Airporter buses were also among the vehicles held up in traffic, causing passengers to miss their flights out of Sea-Tac Airport.

“I’ll miss

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UPDATED: Roads closed, blocked or covered with water Friday

UPDATED at 12:36 p.m.

This week’s weather continues to take its toll on the area roads.

Among the problems:

* Both directions of state Route 16 across the Tacoma Narrow bridges are closed.

* A section of Pacific Avenue in the South End is closed.

In Puyallup, the following roads are closed.

* Shaw Road from 12th Avenue Southeast to 23rd Avenue Southeast.

* 23rd Avenue Southeast from Meridian to 7th Street Southeast.

* 31st Avenue Southeast between 13th Street and 17th Street Southeast.

* 15th Avenue Southwest between 9th Street Southwest and 12th Street Southwest.

* 16th Avenue Southeast

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