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Archives: Nov. 2012


Northbound I-5 reduced to single lane tonight between South 48th and M streets

Press release from the Washington State Department of Transportation:

TACOMA – Emergency pavement repair on northbound Interstate 5 between South 48th and M streets means overnight lane closures tonight, Thursday, Nov. 15.

Crews will reduce northbound I-5 to a single lane and divert all traffic onto the South 38th Street collector/distributor lanes at 9 p.m.

All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 16.

The Washington State Department of Transportation contractor will be removing and replacing asphalt pavement sections on northbound I-5 that are part of the I-5 – 48th to M Streets Panel Replacement Project and do

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Chinook Pass closed for the season

Chinook Pass is closed for the season after heavy snowfall and debris slides from the recent storm, the state Department of Transportation reports.

The pass usually closes in mid-November. Officials will reassess the area in spring to determine when to reopen it.

The closure is from Morse Creek (five mile east of the summit) to the intersection of state Route 123 and state Route 410.


Accident backs up traffic in Lakewood

Traffic near Lakewood Towne Center is snarled by a traffic accident involving a car and a motorcycle.

Police have closed some streets near Bridgeport Way Southwest and Lakewood Towne Center Boulevard.

Reports are that traffic is barely moving, if at all.

We’ll update this item when we get additional information.