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Category: Construction


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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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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Southbound I-5 lane closures scheduled for this weekend

Crews will close two lanes of southbound Interstate 5 in Federal Way beginning tonight so they can work on improving drainage pipes, the state Department of Transportation reported.

The closure will begin at 8 p.m. near the state Route 161 (Enchanted Parkway) interchange. The lanes re-open by 6 a.m. Monday.

Workers will be extending an existing drainage system to help manage increased water runoff from a new series of ramps at the so-called Federal Way Triangle, where I-5, Route 161 and state Route 18 converge.


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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Work on I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass wrapping up for the year

A few last road closures are scheduled on Interstate 90 this week as crews wrap up construction for the season.

Snoqualmie Pass will shut down from 5-6 p.m. tonight and Tuesday while state Department of Transportation workers remove loose rock from the roadway.

Officials say that should be it now that the wider westbound lanes between Hyak and Rocky Run Creek opened Friday.

The work zone should be completely gone by next month, WSDOT reports.

It was part of a $551 million project to widen a five-mile stretch of the highway from four to six lanes.

The first three miles

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