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Category: East Pierce County

July
16th

CLEARED: Crash blocking both directions of SR 410 near Buckley

An accident is blocking both directions of state Route 410 near Buckley, the state Department of Transportation reported.

The collision occurred about 8 a.m. at milepost 19 near 262nd Avenue East.

All lanes are blocked in both directions, causing major backups.

UPDATE as of 9:56 a.m.: SR 410 is now open. Three people were taken to local hospitals with injuries from the three-car crash.

July
9th

CLEARED: Collision on westbound SR 410 in Sumner blocking lane

An accident near state Route 410 and state Route 162 in Sumner is blocking the right lane, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The collision occurred about 8 a.m. at milepost 10 on westbound SR 410.

Troopers and emergency responders are on scene.

UPDATE as of 8:51 a.m.: All lanes are open.

July
8th

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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May
3rd

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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April
4th

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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March
19th

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.

Jan.
28th

CLEARED: Tree and power lines blocking state Route 706 in both directions by Ashford, near Kernahan Road East

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

INITIAL POST: A tree and power lines are blocking both directions of state Route 706 at mile 10.5 near Kernahan Road East, on the edge of Ashford, according to the state Department of Transportation.

A PUD crew is on the scene. No detour is available.

The blockage was reported about 2:15 p.m., according to WSDOT.