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Archives: Feb. 2013


UPDATED: One seriously injured in three-car crash that blocked I-5 in Lakewood

UPDATE: The accident was caused by a semi-truck that crashed into the median, blocking all lanes of southbound traffic, according to West Pierce Fire & Rescue. A motor home and sedan hit the semi after it struck the median.

Two people were taken to the hospital, one with serious injuries, said Capt. Jenny Weekes.

UPDATE as of 3:37 p.m.: All lanes are cleared, but a 9 mile backup on southbound I-5 remains, according to WSDOT. There is also a 10 mile back up between Marvin Road and Berkeley on northbound I-5, because of the distraction, WSDOT officials said.

UPDATE as of

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Lanes of northbound I-5 blocked at Berkeley Street, WSDOT says

A crash on northbound Interstate 5 at Berkeley Street is blocking all lanes of the freeway, according to the state Department of Transportation. Traffic is being detoured off at Berkeley.

The crash happened at 11:30 p.m. State Patrol is on the scene.

Further information was not immediately available.


UPDATED POST: Murray Morgan Bridge to close for four days

The Murray Morgan Bridge is closing this weekend.

A contractor “discovered an issue” with the ongoing seismic bracing work, according to a city news release. Crews will also replace the bearings on the Port approach pier that were previously delayed.

The bridge will be closed from 6 a.m. 9 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Monday. Boats can still pass below with a two-hour notification.

UPDATE, 3:55 p.m. from reporter Kathleen Cooper:

The “issue” is that the bridge isn’t balanced, a city project manager told me.

“We’re trying to operate the bridge in a perfectly balanced condition, so that the weight of

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CLEARED: Crash blocking lanes of eastbound Tacoma Narrows bridge

UPDATE as of 5:08 p.m. All lanes have been cleared, according to WSDOT.

UPDATE as of 5:04 p.m. The left HOV lane is blocked, according to WSDOT.

INITIAL POST: A crash on the eastbound Tacoma Narrows bridge is blocking the two left lanes of the roadway, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The crash happened at 4:45 p.m. State Patrol and emergency responders are at the scene.

Further details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.


8-car crash blocking lanes on northbound I-5 near Tacoma Dome

An 8-car collision is blocking two left lanes on northbound Interstate 5 near the Tacoma Dome, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The crash happened about 1:30 p.m. at milepost 134. It’s unclear if there are any injuries.

State troopers and other emergency responders are on scene.

Backups extend to 72nd Street, WSDOT reported at 2:05 p.m.


CLEARED: Crash on southbound I-5 at 54th Ave E in Fife causing backup

UPDATE as of 5 p.m. All lanes are cleared, according to WSDOT.

INITIAL POST: A crash on southbound Interstate 5 at 54th Street East in Fife is causing a backup, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The HOV lane is blocked, and emergency responders are on the scene, WSDOT officials said at 3:30 p.m.

The crash happened at 3:15 p.m.