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Category: Commuting tips

June
24th

Animal parts from rendering truck scattered across Interstate 5 near Lakewood

For those asking about the animal parts scattered across northbound Interstate 5 near exit 122 by Lakewood, the State Patrol said about 6 p.m. that a rendering truck had lost some of its load.

It’s not the first time that’s happened here in Pierce County.

Sounds like Monday’s spill is only blocking the right lane.

June
12th

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.

June
11th

CLEARED: Crash blocking State Route 302 by Purdy Spit

UPDATE as of 6 p.m. All lanes have been cleared, the state said.

INITIAL post: A crash is blocking state Route 302 by the Purdy Sand Spit, near 82nd Avenue Northwest, according to the state Department of transportation.

There are no detours at this time.

The crash happened about 5:30 p.m., the state said. The State Patrol is at the scene.

Check back for updates.

April
3rd

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.

March
21st

5 nighttime eastbound SR 16 closures planned starting tonight, end next Thursday

Eastbound state Route 16 will close at Union Avenue tonight at 11 p.m. until 4 a.m. Friday.

Signs will detour vehicles off SR 16 at Union Avenue, and will lead to Interstate 5.

SR 16 will also close from 12:30 to 5:30 a.m. Saturday, and from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. again starting Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The closures are part of the I-5/SR 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project to replace the original section of eastbound SR 16 that went over Nalley Valley.

Crews will be doing girder setting work.

Feb.
28th

Lanes of northbound I-5 blocked at Berkeley Street, WSDOT says

A crash on northbound Interstate 5 at Berkeley Street is blocking all lanes of the freeway, according to the state Department of Transportation. Traffic is being detoured off at Berkeley.

The crash happened at 11:30 p.m. State Patrol is on the scene.

Further information was not immediately available.

Feb.
6th

CLEARED: Crash on southbound I-5 at 54th Ave E in Fife causing backup

UPDATE as of 5 p.m. All lanes are cleared, according to WSDOT.

INITIAL POST: A crash on southbound Interstate 5 at 54th Street East in Fife is causing a backup, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The HOV lane is blocked, and emergency responders are on the scene, WSDOT officials said at 3:30 p.m.

The crash happened at 3:15 p.m.

Feb.
4th

CLEARED: WSDOT says crash on northbound I-5 by SR 512 causes backups as far as Bridgeport Way

A semi-car crash on northbound Interstate 5 just south of state Route 512 caused a 13-mile backup Monday afternoon and took three hours to clear.

The State Patrol said the crash happened about 3:30 p.m. when a car slowed to change lanes, which caused another car to slow and a semi to hit the vehicles. The cause was being investigated. Four people were injured, one seriously, the State Patrol said. The wreck was cleared by 6:30 p.m., at which point there was still about a 10-mile backup, according to the state Department of Transportation.