UPDATE 9:54 a.m. Battery Street Tunnel has reopened to traffic, but it is going to be a while before the backup on the viaduct clears, Seattle DOT warns.
UPDATE 9:43 a.m.: The Battery Street Tunnel is closed so tow trucks can remove the vehicles involved in a collision. All lanes northbound are blocked. Seattle Fire reports medics on the scene.
UPDATE 9:31 a.m.: After a lull, we’re back on collision watch again.
WSDOT is reporting a collision partially blocking all lanes on SR 531 Eastbound at I-5 and a second collision in the Battery Street Tunnel on SR 99 Northbound has the viaduct jammed up. Can’t recommend taking I-5 into Seattle, since the commute time from Federal Way into Seattle is 100 minutes, two times longer than typical for this time in the morning.
UPDATE 8:36 A.M. WSDOT now reporting a stalled semi in the right lane on Northbound I-5 at Yesler Way is going to be there a while. Not a good day for semi-truck drivers.
UPDATE 8:19 a.m.: Two accidents on I-90, one Westbound on the Bellevue side and one Eastbound on Mercer Island, make that area of the Wednesday morning commute the worst at 8 a.m.
UPDATE 8:03 a.m.: All clear on I-5 at Puyallup Bridge, where semi-truck jackknifed. But, WDOT is reporting a collision is blocking the left lane at Southbound I-5 and NE 45th St. and a crash is blocking the HOV lane of Northbound I-5 at 272nd.
Then, there is the collision blocking the HOV lane of Southbound I-5 just south of SR 18.
If you thought Wednesday morning’s commute is worse than Monday’s, WDOT agrees.
The commute time between Everett and Bellevue now tops 120 minutes.
UPDATE: Commute from Everett to Seattle is up to 100 minutes, according to WDOT at 7 a.m. Not much better for those driving from Federal Way to Bellevue, at 95 minutes, or Everett to Bellevue at 90 minutes.
UPDATE: Interstate 5 at Mercer and Battery Street Tunnel are reopened to traffic. The accident at Edgar Martinez Way has been pushed to the side of the road, according to Seattle DOT.
Another jackknifed semi at Southbound I-5 and the Puyallup River bridge has drivers using the shoulder of the road to get by, Washington DOT says.
And, now, just as a stalled bus gets cleared off Southbound I-5 near 145th, a new crash is reported in the HOV lane of Northbound 167 at South 180th.
SLOW DOWN PEOPLE!
Traffic accidents snarled early morning drivers Wednesday from Tacoma through Seattle.
In downtown Seattle, a semi truck jackknifed about 5:30 a.m. on Northbound Interstate 5 at the Mercer Street exit. Traffic backed up for several miles during the hour it took to clear lanes.
Drivers who drove over to Highway 99 on Edgar Martinez Way trying to avert that mess ran into a collision blocking all lanes, according to the Washington Department of Transportation. A stalled vehicle in the southbound Highway 99 Battery Street tunnel stopped traffic at 6:35 a.m.
In Tacoma, two minor accidents backed up traffic for 6 miiles.
A crash on Northbound 167 at South 180th is blocking the HOV lanes, reports Washington DOT, causing a huge mess. It’s at least 35 minutes from Auburn to Renton.
The state DOT is warning drivers about high winds and continued rain today. Slow down people. Give yourself plenty of time to get wherever you are going.