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Archives: Aug. 2012


SR 161 near Eatonville expected to see heavy traffic this weekend

Drivers heading along state Route 161 between Eatonville and Alder this weekend should expect delays.

The route is being used as a detour around a closed section of state Route 7 near LaGrande, which was closed in June after a landslide.

State Department of Transportation geotechnical engineers are still studying the cause of the slide, the condition of the hill and designing how to repair the damage.

Officials said heavy traffic is expected through the detour over the weekend, especially Friday and Sunday. Washington State Patrol troopers will be providing traffic control at the SR 161 and Alder Cutoff Road

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Expect Stevens Canyon Road delays, closure as roadwork continues

Drivers should expect 20 minute delays on Stevens Canyon Road until Sept. 4, when the road will close early for winter.

Work is continuing on the rehabilitation project that affects about 10 miles of the 19 mile road that connects the east and west ends of Mount Rainier National Park.

The project includes resurfacing the road and fixing up bridges, tunnels, turnouts, retaining walls, guard walls, culverts and a section of the Wonderland Trail adjacent to Reflection Lake.

Crews are working Monday-Friday, causing delays for drivers and bicyclists. Although Stevens Canyon Road usually closes for winter in November, it will

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Landslide repair on Highway 410 opens Thursday

A new section of State Highway 410, built to repair damage from a landslide in 2009, opens Thursday.

The new section eliminates a 20 minute detour through the Nile Valley west of Naches.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is staging an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday morning (Aug. 30).

The ceremony will be held on the new section of 410, a half mile past the east closure point (north of the Wood Shed restaurant).


Low tides could delay large vehicles riding Pierce County ferries begining Wednesday

Low tides from Wednesday to Sunday may result in postponed trips for Pierce County ferry riders with large vehicles, such as RVs or vehicles pulling a trailer.

Such riders may be asked to wait for a later ferry during the low tides to accommodate load restrictions, though some large vehicles may be allowed, according to Pierce County.

Large vehicle restrictions are possible:

• Aug. 29: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Aug. 30: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Aug. 31: 10:20 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Sept. 1: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Sept. 2: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.


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I-5 lane closures may delay northbound traffic Saturday morning

Lane closures for work to replace concrete panels on Interstate 5 may delay northbound traffic Saturday morning, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Northbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane between South 48th and South M streets in Tacoma from 10 p.m. today to 10 a.m. Saturday.

That lane will be routed through the South 38th Street collector/distributor lane.


Highway 162 will close Sunday for culvert repairs

Repairs this Sunday on two culverts along Ball Creek will require a total closure of State Highway 162 near 109th Street East in Alderton just south of Sumner.

During the closure, crews will repair culverts that have collapsed and are impeding efficient flow of the creek under the highway.

The total closure will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26. Motorists will be routed onto a signed detour via Old Military Road East (122nd Street East), Shaw Road and Pioneer Way. Highway 162 is expected to reopen by noon that same Sunday.


ALL CLEAR: Water truck rollover holding up traffic at SR 167 and SR 512

A water truck rolled over in Puyallup Tuesday night and officials are still trying to clear the road.

“It’s taken them all night to get it uprighted,” Washington State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Claudia Bingham Baker said.

The incident occurred at 7:50 p.m. on the ramp of southbound state Route 167 leading to westbound state Route 512.

Traffic has been passing the collision on the shoulder.

UPDATE as of 6:40 a.m. All lanes are now open.

The scene is expected to be cleared about 6:45 a.m.