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Archives: June 2012

June
10th

CLEARED: SR 410 east of Chinook Pass closed for mud, snow slide

UPDATE as of 7:55 p.m.

Avalanche work has been completed and the road has been cleared of mud and snow.

INITIAL POST:

A section of state Route 410 just east of the Chinook Pass summit will be closed until at least 8 p.m. tonight due to a mud and snow slide, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The slide is covering the roadway at milepost 72, two miles east of the pass summit. Workers are trying to remove debris from SR 410 and do avalanche control.

Officials will assess the safety of reopening the area at 8 p.m.

June
8th

UPDATED: Rock slide blocks both directions of SR 7 in Alder area

A rockslide has closed both directions of state Route 7 for five miles near Eatonville, the state Department of Transportation reported.

The slide occurred Thursday night. Rocks and debris fell onto the roadway, prompting transportation crews to close SR 7 from state Route 161 and Alder Lake.

A signed detour is in place.

This isn’t the first slide to close SR 7 this year. About 300 cubic yards of rock and material covered the roadway in April.

Transportation crews will keep SR 7 closed so an analysis of the slope can be conducted.

June
6th

Road closures planned at Point Defiance Park on Saturday for Sound to Narrows race

Visitors to Point Defiance Park on Saturday should plan for traffic backups and road closures as the Sound to Narrows race runs through.

The Mildred Street entrance will be closed to cars during the race. The Pearl Street entrance will be open but cars will not be allowed past the pond and garden areas. Drivers may park in those areas or near the go-kart track.

All areas of the park will be open to foot traffic during the race. Cars may still access the Ferry Dock and Marina. Fort Nisqually will open at noon.

Regular access to the park should

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June
4th

ALL CLEAR: Crash blocks lanes of I-5, ties up Monday morning commute

UPDATED at 8:37 a.m.

A two-car rollover crash tied up traffic after blocking two lanes of northbound Interstate 5 in Tacoma.

The crash near the Port of Tacoma Road has since been cleared.

Northbound drivers were backed up for seven miles. Eastbound state Route 16 also was backed up.

Troopers are on the scene.

Drivers should expect delays.