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November 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

WSDOT: Sloppy commute better than expected

After a sloppy morning commute, the afternoon traffic is flowing better than expected on Seattle-area highways.

“It actually looks like a normal Monday,” said Bronlea Mishler, a spokeswoman at the Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic-control center in Shoreline.

There were no major blocking crashes at 5:45 p.m., she said. Collisions were cleared earlier at the West Seattle Bridge exit of I-5, and at southbound Highway 99 near the Battery Street Tunnel.

Commuter trains were less fortunate. Mudslides canceled service on the Northline Sounder  to Edmonds, Mukilteo and Everett, until at least Wednesday afternoon. And the Southline Sounder to the Green River Valley, Tacoma and Lakewood was likely to be delayed 15 to 20 minutes per trip, said a Sound Transit alert.

Snoqualmie and Stevens passes are open, while North Cascades Highway is closed, at least temporarily.

There are many parts of the state, particularly the lower Columbia River area, where floods and downed trees are blocking state highways, Mishler said. Also, the city of Kirkland closed Totem Lake Boulevard because of standing water.

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