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October 20, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Most lanes on I-5 south near Northgate reopen; new problems near Boeing Field, Mercer Street

The jersey barrier on Interstate 5 near Northgate was destroyed when two trucks collided early Monday morning.  Several crashes near Northgate on I-5 have traffic backed up for about 10 miles, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

The jersey barrier on Interstate 5 near Northgate was destroyed when two trucks collided early Monday morning.
Several crashes near Northgate on I-5 have traffic backed up for about 10 miles, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Update 8:43 a.m.: Traffic heading south into Seattle is finally getting past Northgate after a crash shut down multiple lanes this morning.

One lane remains closed after Washington State Department of Transportation and state troopers cleaned up the mess left after a semi truck jack knifed and fuel spilled.

But the State Patrol warns that the morning commute is fraught with other problems this rainy Monday.

I-5 South just north of Boeing Field is the scene of a collision blocking three lanes.

Trying to get on to I-5 from Mercer Street in Seattle? Watch out for a semi blocking the ramp, warns WSDOT in a Tweet.

Oh, and thinking about taking surface streets? Good luck. Commuters warn that things are sluggish.

Bottom line? Find something great on the radio, because it’s going to be a long morning.

Update 7:55 a.m.:  No relief in sight.  Backup now about 10 miles, and alternate routes jammed, too, transportation department says.

Update 7 a.m.:  The state transportation department is now reporting that the backup on southbound I-5 is now about 9 miles. 

The estimated Everett-Seattle commute time is two hours and five minutes, more than twice the usual 50 minutes.

Original post: The state Department of Transportation is warning commuters to avoid southbound I-5 near Northgate if possible. Several accidents led to the closure of the freeway’s four right lanes, plus the ramp from Northgate to southbound I-5. The department says that the backup is four miles, and expected to grow.

The problem apparently started when a semi jackknifed and spilled fuel.

The state transportation department says it is sending crews to spread sand on the freeway’s southbound lanes to help clean up the diesel.

As of 6 a.m., it had no estimate for when the lanes would reopen.

In one Tweet, the department wrote:  “If you can get on to I-5 at 107th or 85th, you’re going to have a pretty smooth drive into Seattle. North of that? Forget I-5.”

 

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