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Category: 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
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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July
1st

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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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.

May
23rd

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.

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.