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Archives: March 2012


WSDOT video shows you how to navigate Exit 133 closure

The Washington State Department of Transportation is getting the word out about this spring’s closure of the northbound Downtown Tacoma exit (aka 133) with a new video that show drivers how to navigate the detour. The ramp will close around-the-clock for about three months in late April or early May as part of the latest phase of the Nalley Valley project. Here’s the helpful video:

For more info, here’s a Q&A on the detour.

And here’s a map from WSDOT.


Passes open despite earlier warnings of snow accumulations

If you’re headed to Eastern Washington, you’re in the clear, at least for now.

The Washington Department of Transportation has completed avalanche work on both Stevens and Snoqualmie passes and the two roads are open to traffic.

Weather forecasters had been predicting substantial snow, but thus far, it hasn’t happened in quantities enough to disrupt travel. Roads are reported to be bare and wet this morning. Traction tires are advised, however.


UWT, city offer bargain student rates on underused parking

University of Washington Tacoma students can sign up for a new bargain-rate parking program that will make use of underused parking spots and reduce parking pressure near the downtown campus.

Exit 133 reports that the program will allow students to purchase quarterly parking passes for the Convention Center or Museum of Glass parking lots that will allow them to park an average of twice weekly during an 11-week quarter.

The cost of the trial program is $66 for 22 parking privileges, or $3 per day. The program is also rolling out a special $1 hourly rate at the Convention Center

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CLEARED: Collision causing delays on eastbound SR 16 at Union Avenue

UPDATE at 5:50 p.m. All lanes are now open.

INITIAL POST: A collision on eastbound state Route 16 at Union Avenue is causing traffic delays, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The accident occurred about 4:15 p.m.

WSDOT reports that the two right lanes are blocked and backups extend two miles.

First responders and Washington State Patrol troopers are on scene.


CLEARED: Westbound I-90 to close at midnight for snow removal

Crews will be closing part of Snoqualmie Pass at midnight to remove snow from the roadway, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The closure is on westbound Interstate 90 at milepost 52.

Snow must be moved from the right shoulder to the left shoulder embankment.

The road should reopen about 2 a.m., WSDOT reports.


Temporary East D Street closure

Beginning Wednesday, East D Street from East 25th to East 26th Streets in Tacoma will close until May for utility and street improvements and installation of new Sound Transit track.

East C Street and Pacific Avenue will remain open as main arterials, Sound Transit says.


Deadline extended to remove studded tires

Drivers have an extra two weeks to remove their studded tires this year.

The deadline to remove them is April 16, according to the state Department of Transportation. It was extended because forecasts show possible winter driving conditions through Easter weekend, which is a popular day for travel.

Studded tires are legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31 unless an extension is granted.

Officials recommend removing studded tires sooner than later if you’re not planning to driver Easter weekend since tire stores are likely to be busiest as the removal deadline gets closer.