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Category: closures


SR 7 in Eatonville closed through November

Crews today will shut down a five-mile stretch of state Route 7 in Eatonville so they can build a debris containment wall to ward off landslides like the one that closed down the highway last year.

The closure will be between Alder and La Grande. About 1,600 drivers use this stretch of road daily, according to the state Department of Transportation.

A detour leading traffic down state Route 161 and Alder Cutoff Road will be in place through November. WSDOT said the detour will add an extra 15 minutes to trips through the area.

Crews are building a permanent

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Eastbound state Route 16 closures Monday, Tuesday and next week

Eastbound state Route 16 will close at South Union Avenue at 11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and again next Monday through Thursday for girder placement.

The work is part of the Interstate 5/SR 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project.

The girders are being placed for the new permanent eastbound SR 16 viaduct, the South Sprague Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 and the South Sprague on-ramp to northbound I-5.

Traffic will be detoured onto South Union Avenue until the highway reopens by 4 a.m. following the closures.

The work Monday and Tuesday this week also requires closing South Tacoma Way between

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Rainy forecast cancels Narrows Bridge work tonight, all lanes open

Work scheduled to repair pavement on the eastbound Tacoma Narrows Bridge Wednesday has been postponed due to a wet forecast, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Crews will still reduce the stretch of state Route 16 to one lane from 9 p.m Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.


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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Frederickson intersection closes this weekend for improvements

A Frederickson intersection will shut down tonight while Pierce County crews work on improvements.

The closure begins at 9 p.m. at 176th Avenue East and 22nd Avenue East. It will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.

Workers will excavate the roadway, put down crushed rock and then pave the intersection. The improvements are part of a $7 million project intended to improve safety and reduce traffic.

Also included in the project is expanding the road to four lanes, adding curbs, gutters and sidewalks, installing new street lights and improving traffic signals.

Crews started upgrading the intersection in October and construction resumed

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SR 16 closure for Nalley Valley project rescheduled for Thursday evening

A closure set for tonight on eastbound state Route 16 has been rescheduled for Thursday night.

Work on the Eastbound Nalley Valley project, which replaces the original SR 16 structure across Nalley Valley and finishes the SR16/Sprague Avenue interchange, will commence at 11 p.m. Thursday and finish about 4 a.m. Friday.

A detour onto Union Avenue will be in place during the closure.