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Archives: Sep. 2012


Key Peninsula boat launch at 72nd Street to close for 5 days starting Monday

Rehabilitation of the ramp at the 72nd Street boat launch near Long Branch on Key Peninsula South will close the structure from Sept. 24 to 28, according to Pierce County.

The project involves replacing the ramp’s concrete panels.

Alternative launch sites during the closure include A Street KPS in Home, Hall Road in Vaughn, and Randall Drive Northwest by Gig Harbor, according to Pierce County.


CLEARED: Accident blocking lane, off-ramp on I-5 at 54th Avenue

A collision involving multiple vehicle on northbound Interstate 5 at 54th Avenue is blocking the right lane and partially blocking the off-ramp, the state Department of Transportation reports.

The accident happened at 9:35 p.m. Emergency responders are on scene and it’s unknown when traffic will get moving.

UPDATE: All lanes are open as of 10:29 a.m.


Snoqualmie Pass to close temporarily Saturday

Drivers planning to head over the Snoqualmie Pass this weekend are advised to add 90 minutes onto their travel time.

Crews from the state Department of Transportation will close the pass 7-8:30 a.m. Saturday to remove loose rock debris from the area caused by rock blasting.

The closure will extend from Hyak (milepost 54) to the Price Creek Sno-Park (milepost 61).


Girder setting to continue closures of eastbound SR 16, Union Avenue ramp at night starting Monday

Crews will continue to close eastbound state Route 16 at night starting Monday through Oct. 4 as they set girders for a new bridge from southbound Interstate 5 to South 38th Street as part of the I-5/SR 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project.

The eastbound highway will close at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Union Avenue and will reopen at 4 a.m., according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

It will close at 12:30 a.m. Saturdays and will reopen at 5:30 a.m.

The ramp from Union Avenue to eastbound SR 16 will also be closed. It will shut down

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CLEARED: Collision at I-5/SR 512 blocking two lanes

UPDATE as of 11:32 a.m. All lanes are now open but backups extend about five miles to Thorne Lane SW.

INITIAL POST: A collision near the northbound Interstate 5 and state Route 512 interchange has blocked the two left lanes, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The accident occurred at 10:40 a.m. near 96th Street (milepost 128).

State troopers are on scene.


Regional Council recommends transportation funding for Tacoma

The Puget Sound Regional Council is recommending more than $23 million in funding for projects serving Tacoma, part of more than $440 million in federal funds allocated to improve transportation around the region.

Projects include:
•Historic Water Ditch Trail – $100,000
•Milwaukee Way Overlay – $750,000
•Pacific Avenue Streetscape – $800,000
•Puyallup River Bridge F16A & F16B Replacement – $12.2 million
•Tacoma’s Top-4 Bikeways Project – $500,000
•Thea Foss Waterway – Site 10 Esplanade – $50,000
• Tacoma Dome Station G Street Bus Zone Expansion – $627,471
• TCC Transit Center Access

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Rail service to Lakewood starts Oct. 8

Sounder commuter rail service to South Tacoma and Lakewood will begin Monday, Oct. 8, Sound Transit officials announced today.

To celebrate the start of service, Sound Transit will hold a public ribbon-cutting event on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Lakewood, South Tacoma and Tacoma Dome stations.

Free rides on the Sounder train will be offered to the public, along with other festivities.