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Archives: April 2013

April
30th

Street closures planned for May 5 marathon

This from the City of Tacoma:

To accommodate the Tacoma City Marathon on Sunday, May 5, there will be restricted access to most City streets for the duration of the event from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Detour routes will be posted.

Street closures: North 26th Street between Adams and Proctor streets.

Restricted access: Southbound lane of Ruston Way and the northbound lane of Schuster Parkway, including the I-705 off-ramp and from 7th Street and Pacific Avenue to Ruston Way.

City of Ruston: Various residential streets will be closed in Ruston.

April
29th

Expect delays on Snoqualmie Pass this week

By Dianne McGinness, staff writer

Drivers crossing the pass on Interstate 90 are encouraged to go slow today as snow, slush and ice are covering Snoqualmie Pass, according to the state Department of Transportation. A closure scheduled for tonight has been canceled.

The pass has an elevation of 3022 feet and is experiencing some spring snow, which means slower travel times for drivers.

The average travel time from North Bend to Ellensburg is about 80 minutes. Today, drivers can expect about a 10 minute delay in travel time due to road conditions, according to WSDOT.

Oversize vehicles are prohibited on

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April
19th

Lane closures coming on Tacoma Narrows bridge

This from WSDOT:

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-25, crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close two of four westbound State Route 16 lanes across the old Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The two lanes will remain closed until 6 a.m. each following morning. The two remaining westbound lanes will stay open through each night.

During the lane closures, crews will install temporary work access platforms and remove original steel rivets from the bridge’s westernmost expansion joint in preparation for replacing it. Crews will remove the rivets using pneumatic rivet busters. The heads of

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April
10th

Open house on Tacoma Link expansion

Sound Transit is holding an open house from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Tacoma Dome Station so people can check out the latest ideas about how to expand the Tacoma Link light rail system.

Five alternatives are currently under consideration.

Three are finalists from an 18-month alternatives analysis process.

Two additional “hybrid” corridors, one requested by the City of Tacoma and another by a citizen’s stakeholder group are also being reviewed.

A potential partnership to expand Tacoma Link was approved by voters in 2008 as part of the Sound Transit 2 ballot measure.

Construction of

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April
10th

Hydraulic fluid spilled on Puyallup freeway causes spinouts

A truck dumped an unknown amount of hydraulic fluid on the ramp from southbound state Route 167 to state Route 512 in Puyallup this morning, causing multiple spinouts.

State troopers discovered the liquid about 7 a.m. State Department of Transportation crews spread sand on the roadway. It reopened about 7:30 p.m.

No one was injured in the spinouts, trooper Guy Gill said.