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Category: State Route 18


CLEARED: Logging truck accident blocking SR 18 in Auburn

A crash on westbound state Route 18 at state Route 167 near Auburn is blocking all lanes and causing major traffic backups.

The accident, which involved a logging truck losing its load, happened about 9:30 a.m. State troopers are on scene.

WSDOT officials said they don’t know when the highway will reopen.

UPDATE as of 11:11 a.m.: The collision is still blocking the right lane and on-ramp from southbound SR 167.

Troopers, a WSDOT Incident Response Team and tow trucks are working to clear the scene.

UPDATE as of 12:57 p.m.: All lanes are now open.




CLEARED: Crash blocking westbound state Route 18 east of C Street in Auburn

UPDATE as of 10:40 p.m. All lanes are clear, according to the state Department of Transportation.

INITIAL POST: A crash that happened about 9:45 p.m. is blocking all lanes of westbound state Route 18 just east of C Street in Auburn, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Further details are not immediately available.


Final ramp opens today as part of Federal Way Triangle project

The final piece of the Federal Way triangle project will be open to drivers by noon today, according to the state Department of Transportation.

A ramp now connects state Route 18 to state Route 161, which will lessen congestion for those trying to get from the Kent valley to Federal Way’s business district.

The ramp drops drivers south of two busy intersections on South 348th Street, including state Route 161 and Pacific Highway South.

It took crews two years to complete the $112 million project. The first set of new ramps opened in July.

WSDOT said it is still wrapping

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Second flyover ramp connecting SR 18 and I-5 open

A second new flyover ramp connecting eastbound state Route 18 and northbound Interstate 5 in Federal Way opened this afternoon.

The state Department of Transportation opened the first flyover ramp last Monday, connecting westbound SR 18 to northbound I-5.

The new ramps are estimated to carry 32,000 vehicles each day and reduce backups and collisions. They replace an interchange built in the 1960s and are part of a $112 million project at the interchange.

Crews will begin knocking down the old ramps next month.


First new flyover ramp opens in Federal Way

The first new flyover ramp in Federal Way opens today.

The ramp connects westbound state Route 18 to southbound Interstate 5. A second flyover ramp connecting eastbound SR 18 and northbound I-5 is slated to open July 23.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. The state Department of Transportation said a semitruck will be the first vehicle to use the new ramp, which will then open to all drivers.

The ramps, which are opening six months ahead of schedule, are part of a $112 million project to improve the traffic and safety at the interchange.