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Archives: May 2013


CLEARED: Logging truck accident blocking SR 18 in Auburn

A crash on westbound state Route 18 at state Route 167 near Auburn is blocking all lanes and causing major traffic backups.

The accident, which involved a logging truck losing its load, happened about 9:30 a.m. State troopers are on scene.

WSDOT officials said they don’t know when the highway will reopen.

UPDATE as of 11:11 a.m.: The collision is still blocking the right lane and on-ramp from southbound SR 167.

Troopers, a WSDOT Incident Response Team and tow trucks are working to clear the scene.

UPDATE as of 12:57 p.m.: All lanes are now open.




Lingering backup on westbound I-90 near Ellensburg adding two hours to Snoqualmie Pass travel

A 20-mile-long traffic backup is adding an extra two hours to the westbound journey across Snoqualmie Pass, the state Department of Transportation is reporting.

The traffic snarl began early Monday afternoon, and it is expected to last at least through later Monday night.

The state is advising motorists to consider taking White Pass or Chinook Pass to reach Western Washington instead of Snoqualmie Pass or Stevens Pass.

The backup is in an area that construction crews have been working to eliminate landslide risks on the highway.  That construction had closed down the pass in recent weeks during a short period

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On ramp from SR 16 to northbound I-5 to close at 11 p.m. for repair work after crash

The on ramp from state Route 16 to northbound Interstate 5 will close at 11 p.m. tonight as crews work to fix damage from a crash this afternoon, according to the state Department of Transportation.

An errant vehicle damaged an accordion-like device that’s designed to absorb energy from crashes into barriers and other fixed objects, according to the state.

The ramp will reopen by 4 a.m. Friday.

Further details about the crash itself were not immediately available.


Starting Tuesday, May 28, southbound lanes of Tacoma’s Schuster Parkway will close

As part of the major renovation of Tacoma’s Stadium Way, the southbound lanes of Schuster Parkway will be closed during daytime hours for about six weeks.

Beginning May 28, both southbound lanes of Schuster Parkway will be closed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. In the evening, one southbound lane will re-open. Northbound lanes will be unaffected, according to a news release from the City of Tacoma.

People driving from the city’s North End, Old Town and Stadium District neighborhoods will have to find an alternate way to get onto Interstate 705 during this time. The city’s detour route will

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CLEARED: Crash blocking westbound state Route 18 east of C Street in Auburn

UPDATE as of 10:40 p.m. All lanes are clear, according to the state Department of Transportation.

INITIAL POST: A crash that happened about 9:45 p.m. is blocking all lanes of westbound state Route 18 just east of C Street in Auburn, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Further details are not immediately available.


Tighter restrictions on Carbon River bridge

Traffic on the Carbon River bridge near Carbonado is now restricted to passenger cars only.
Concerns about the safety of the bridge led the Washington State Department of Transportation to bar commercial vehicles late Thursday afternoon.
At 9:13 p.m. WSDOT sent an updated restriction, allowing only passenger vehicles.
The restriction was prompted by the discovery that one of four legs supporting the bridge’s approach has loosened from its concrete footing.
The bridge is on State Route 165, which provides access to Mount Rainier National Park.


Snoqualmie Pass closed for rock blasting

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that I-90 is closed in both directions for rockblasting near the Snoqualmie Pass summit.

Eastbound traffic is stopped at milepost 54 near Hyak, westbound traffic is stopped at milepost 61 near Price Creek.

WSDOT says an estimated opening time cannot be determined until after the rock blast effort takes place. They’re saying expect at least an hour delay.