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CLEARED: Eastbound SR 302 blocked at 118th Ave NW

UPDATE: All lanes are clear, according to WSDOT.

INITIAL POST: State Route 302 is blocked eastbound at 118th Avenue Northwest and a detour is in place, according to the state Department of Transportation.

A collision about 4:30 p.m. blocked the roadway, department officials said.

The State Patrol is on the scene.


CLEARED: Single-car crash near SR 512 causing backup on southbound SR 167

UPDATE as of 4:15 p.m. All lanes are clear, but there is still a 4 mile backup, according to WSDOT.

INITIAL POST: A car that left the roadway and crashed on the ramp from southbound state Route 167 to westbound state Route 512 is causing backups on southbound SR 167, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The left lane of the ramp was blocked, and there was a 4 mile backup as of about 2:30 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.

The driver was taken to the hospital with series injuries after the crash, which happened about 12:30 p.m., according

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South Tacoma Way expected to reopen for Monday morning commute

Crews expect to reopen all lanes of South Tacoma Way before Monday morning’s commute, state Department of Transportation officials said Sunday night.

A piece of the old eastbound viaduct fell on the roadway shoulder Friday during demolition, which caused crews to close the road between South Pine and South Wilkeson streets.

No one was injured and there was a safety barrier in place, but gas and water service in the area was affected.

Workers cleared the debris over the weekend, and crews worked to restore gas and water.


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Northbound I-5 reduced to single lane tonight between South 48th and M streets

Press release from the Washington State Department of Transportation:

TACOMA – Emergency pavement repair on northbound Interstate 5 between South 48th and M streets means overnight lane closures tonight, Thursday, Nov. 15.

Crews will reduce northbound I-5 to a single lane and divert all traffic onto the South 38th Street collector/distributor lanes at 9 p.m.

All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 16.

The Washington State Department of Transportation contractor will be removing and replacing asphalt pavement sections on northbound I-5 that are part of the I-5 – 48th to M Streets Panel Replacement Project and do

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CLEARED: Jackknifed semi blocking northbound I-5 at South Yakima Avenue

UPDATE as of 7:56 p.m. Northbound traffic is getting through on the shoulder and southbound traffic is getting past the accident in one open lane and the shoulder, according the Washington State Patrol. No one was injured and no other vehicles were involved.

INITIAL POST: A jackknifed semi is blocking all lanes of northbound I-5 at South Yakima Avenue, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Some southbound lanes are blocked from debris.

The semi was heading north on I-5. It struck the barrier after it jackknifed, which pushed the barrier and debris into the southbound lanes, according to trooper Guy

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CLEARED: Lanes of northbound and southbound I-5 blocked by SR 16 off ramp

UPDATE as of 11:01 p.m. Northbound traffic is being diverted to the City Center exit and southbound traffic is being diverted to 38th Street, according to WSDOT.

UPDATE as of 10:39 p.m. The semi lost two 20,000 pound drill casings, which damaged the center jersey barrier and knocked down a light pole, according to trooper Guy Gill. No one is injured, no other vehicles were involved, and the truck did not roll over, he said.

INITIAL POST: A semi lost some sort of debris it was carrying on Interstate 5, which caused chucks of the concrete median to spread across

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Crews begin SR 161 lighting and signage project near Eatonville, traffic will alternate through end of the year

Workers will begin adding lights and signs and re-striping about 10 miles of State Route 161 Monday between Ohop Valley Extension Road to about 304th Street East.

Traffic will alternate between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and again from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday. On Fridays traffic will alternate between 9 a.m. and noon and again from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday.

The project will continue through the end of December.