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Category: Backups


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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CLEARED: Accident on SR 167 in Waller/Puyallup blocking northbound lanes

A rollover collision on state Route 167 in Waller/Puyallup is blocking the northbound lanes, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The crash occurred about 3:15 a.m. at milepost 2.01 near 50th Avenue East. Crews estimate the lanes won’t be open until 5 a.m. Traffic is getting around the scene using a turn-lane.

State troopers are on scene.

Trooper Guy Gill said one passenger involved injured their arm and that a woman has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault. The woman, who is alleged to have been drinking, crashed her car into an embankment. Five teenage girls were allegedly

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CLEARED: Crash causing backups on southbound I-5 and westbound SR 512 just north of Bridgeport Way

UPDATE as of 3:45 p.m.: All lanes are cleared, but a four-mile backup remains, according to the state Department of Transportation.

INITIAL POST: A crash that happened at 12:45 p.m. just north of Bridgeport Way on southbound Interstate 5 is causing mile-long backups on both southbound I-5 and state Route 512, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The two right lanes of southbound I-5 are blocked.

State Patrol troopers are at the scene.

Check back for updates.


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.