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Archives: Feb. 2012


UPDATED: Lanes of SR 16 near Wollochet reopen after rollover

UPDATED at 2:03 p.m.

Both lanes of westbound state Route 16 near Wollochet are blocked this afternoon because of a crash, the state DOT reports.

Drivers are getting around the scene using the right shoulder.

Emergency responders are on the scene.

The Washington State Patrol reports that a utility truck rolled over. The crash should be cleared shortly, trooper Guy Gill tweeted just after 2 p.m.

UPDATED at 2:53 p.m.

All lanes have reopened.


Trooper procession to close parts of SR 512, SR 167 on Thursday morning

Thursday’s procession for fallen Washington State Patrol trooper Tony Radulescu will close down parts of state Route 512 and state Route 167 on Thursday morning.

The Puyallup Police Department issued the following traffic advisory:

Eastbound SR 512 and Northbound SR 167 will be closed from 1-5 through Willis Street in Kent beginning at 10:15 a.m. After the processional passes through, freeway on-ramps will be re-opened. The estimated closure is from 10:15 a.m. through 11:45 a.m. The only vehicles that will be able to access Eastbound SR 512 during this processional will be emergency vehicles.


Eastbound lane of South 9th Street in Tacoma closed Tuesday

The eastbound lane of South 9th Street in Tacoma will be closed Tuesday while crews pour concrete for the downtown project, which is reconstructing South 9th Street from Market to Commerce streets.

The closure will last from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Only one lane will be open during this time and traffic controllers will be in place to direct drivers.

Improvements for the project include new sidewalks, crosswalks and a new concrete road surface, according to the city.


Frosty, icy start to the work week

Hopefully, you haven’t misplaced your ice scraper. You’re going to need it this morning.

The South Sound is waking up to a cold morning today. Temperatures dropped below freezing overnight, frosting up car windows.

Commuters should be aware that icy spots are possible on the roadways, especially bridges and overpasses, according to the National Weather Service.

“Motorists should exercise caution during the morning commute,” the Weather Service said.

These cool temperatures will likely remain in the area through Tuesday. There is a possibility of snow in some areas, including the Hood Canal area and the Kitsap peninsula.


Snoqualmie Pass closing

Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass will be closed at 12:30 p.m. today for avalanche control.
Eastbound traffic will be stopped near Gold Creek (milepost 56), and westbound traffic will be stopped near Price Creek (milepost 56), the Washington State Department of Transportation says.
The Transportation Department says it won’t be able to estimate when the pass will reopen until it sees how much snow the avalanche control brings down.


SR 512 reopened after police activity

The westbound lanes of state route 512 at Canyon Road are back open this morning after police activity blocked them earlier today, the state DOT reported.

Drivers had been getting around the incident using the shoulder.

All lanes were back open just after 5:30 a.m.


More I-5 closures in Federal Way this weekend

More nighttime closures are planned on Interstate 5 in Federal Way this weekend, according to the state Department of Transportation.

On Friday night, crews will close all I-5 southbound lanes and two northbound lanes at state Route 18. They will reopen by 7 a.m. Saturday.

Also closing Friday night are the westbound SR 18 off-ramp to southbound I-5 and the southbound I-5 off-ramp to eastbound SR 18.

On Saturday night, all northbound lanes of I-5 at SR 18 will close until 7 a.m. Sunday. The eastbound SR 18 off-ramp to northbound I-5 and northbound I-5 ramp to westbound SR 18

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