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Archives: March 2013


Strong winds cancel planned closure on eastbound SR 16 in Tacoma tonight

Work on eastbound state Route 16 that was planned for tonight has been cancelled due to a high wind forecast, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Officials have not yet determined whether the scheduled closures for Thursday and Saturday will still happen.

If they do, all eastbound lanes at Union Avenue from 11 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Friday, and from 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

During the closures, the on-ramp from Union Avenue to eastbound SR 16 will also close.

The work is part of the Interstate 5/ SR16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project, which replaces the original

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CLEARED: Car fire blocking northbound lanes of SR 161 in Graham

A vehicle fire on state Route 161 in Graham is blocking the northbound lanes, the state Department of Transportation reports.

The blaze was reported about 8 a.m. at milepost 16 near 257th St Ct E.

The southbound lanes, which were initially blocked, are now mostly open.

UPDATE as of 9:20 a.m.: All lanes are now open.


CLEARED: Collision blocking lanes on northbound SR 161 in South Hill

UPDATE as of 8:23 a.m.: All lanes are now open.

INITIAL POST: A collision on northbound state Route 161 just south of 176th Street East in South Hill is blocking all northbound lanes, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The accident occurred about 7:45 a.m. at milepost 21.

State troopers and paramedics are on scene.


Nighttime closures on Highway 16

Eastbound Highway 16 and the Union Avenue on-ramp will be closed for five nights next week while crews set girders on the new eastbound Nalley Valley viaduct.

Closures are scheduled for March 20, 21, 23, 27 and 28.

The work is part of I-5/SR 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project, which replaces the original eastbound Highway 16 structure that spanned Nalley Valley and completes the Highway 16/Sprague Avenue interchange.

The first portion of the interchange overhaul, the westbound Nalley Valley viaduct, opened in June 2011.


CLEARED: Crash blocking lanes of southbound I-5 near 84th Street South

UPDATE as of 4:23 p.m. All lanes have been cleared, according to WSDOT.

INITIAL POST: An accident that happened about 4 p.m. at southbound Interstate 5 and 84th Street South is blocking the two right lanes of the freeway, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The State Patrol is on the scene.

Check back for updates.