Topic: Interstate 5
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November 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM
The (Centralia) Chronicle
People traveling on Interstate 5 for Thanksgiving should expect to see more law-enforcement officers this holiday weekend.
Three state police agencies from Washington, Oregon and California are issuing a challenge to commuters: Arrive alive on I-5 this holiday weekend, according to a news release from the Washington State Patrol.
The tri-state campaign means that Wednesday through Sunday, state law enforcement from San Diego north to Bellingham will be targeting education and enforcement efforts on the road, according to the news release.
The agencies will specifically focus on collision-causing violations known to be factors in fatal collisions, such as speed; aggressive, distracted and impaired driving; as well as failure to wear a seat belt.
State patrol advises holiday travelers to slow down, have patience, drive sober and buckle up.
October 30, 2013 at 8:55 AM
UPDATE 9:10 a.m.:
Things are improving for commuters heading in Seattle on southbound I-5.
The commute, which had been more than 100 minutes at one point this morning, is down to just over an hour, according to the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The average morning commute time from Lynnwood to Seattle on I-5 south is 43 minutes.
Brace yourself. The morning commute’s been ugly.
Motorists heading south from Lynnwood to Seattle on Interstate 5 should expect it to take them more than 100 minutes, yes, more than an hour and a half.
There’s no real reason for the delay, other than a small crash on I-5 near Yesler earlier this morning. Oh, yeah, there’s that.
Although the accident was cleared by 8 a.m., it caused a 16-mile backup on southbound I-5, said Bart Treece, WSDOT spokesman.
A spokesman for the State Patrol said nobody was hurt in the I-5 crash.
Treece was working on pulling the average travel time from Lynnwood to Seattle during the morning commute.
October 24, 2013 at 8:41 AM
For the second day in a row, a woman has gone into labor on northbound Interstate 5 in the Seattle area during the morning commute.
The commute was slowed just after 8 a.m. while medics tended to a 33-year-old woman on I-5 at Albro Place, said State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen it two times in two days,” said Webb.
Seattle Fire Department medics took the woman to Swedish Medical Center in time to have her baby, her fourth.
On Wednesday, another medic crew raced another mother from I-5 to Swedish while she was also in the advanced stages of labor.
In that case, the 22-year-old woman made it to the hospital in time to have her baby, according to the Tukwila Fire Department.
October 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM
The 22-year-old woman was in intense labor on her way to Swedish Medical Center when medics were alerted at 7:47 a.m. , said Tukwila Fire Department Battalion Chief Lavern Peterson. A unit from Tri-Med Ambulance and a Tukwila fire crew assisted with getting the woman to the hospital.
Peterson said the woman made it to Swedish in time to have her baby.
The State Patrol had reported earlier that the woman delivered the baby on I-5 and that the mother and child were taken to Harborview Medical Center.
September 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM
A 26-year-old Auburn man is under investigation for vehicular assault after two passengers in his car were injured in a collision on Interstate 5 just south of South 272nd Street.
Washington State Patrol troopers say the driver was likely speeding and under the influence of intoxicants when he lost control of the 2007 White Nissan Maxima he was driving. The car left the roadway, spun around and slammed into the guardrail at 3:42 Sunday morning.
Patrol officers said the driver and a 50-year-old female passenger were transported to Highline Community Hospital.
Another passenger, a 34-year-old male, was taken to Harborview Medical Center, police said.
September 18, 2013 at 8:54 PM
A 38-year-old Mountlake Terrace man with a suspended license was arrested on suspicion of a DUI hit-and-run on Interstate 5 tonight, the State Patrol reported.
The man crashed his green Ford sedan into a Toyota near Denny Way and continued southbound on I-5, according to tweets from State Patrol spokesman Chris Webb. Then, the driver plowed into the back of a Honda Accord, and the Honda caught fire, Webb said. The man was arrested and taken to Harborview with minor injuries, while the driver of the Honda did not appear to be injured, Webb said.
The collision blocked three southbound lanes of the interstate.
August 29, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Six people were injured, one critically, when a semi-truck went out of control as it entered southbound Interstate-5 from West Seattle and struck two cars and a charter bus, according to police and fire officials.
The critically injured person and two seriously injured people were on the bus, according to the Seattle Fire Department. All those injured were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Washington State Patrol spokesperson Chris Webb said the two left lanes of the freeway were shut down and were expected to remain closed through 2 p.m. There are reports that traffic in the southbound lanes of the interstate is backed up for several miles.
The collision occurred just north of the Columbian Way exit around 12:10 p.m.
July 24, 2013 at 8:03 AM
The Associated Press
MOUNT VERNON — The state Department of Transportation plans additional work to raise the clearance on the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon.
Officials told Skagit County commissioners Tuesday a new project would put the trusses 18 feet above the roadway. Current trusses are just 15 feet, 6 inches at the fog line. Assistant project engineer Polly Brooks says that’s the lowest in the state.
The Skagit Valley Herald reports (http://bit.ly/12iPxUu) federal money will pay for the $3 million project. The work this fall will follow the construction of a permanent replacement for the section that collapsed May 23 when a truss was hit by an oversize truck.
That closed the bridge for a month. A temporary span is in place, and the replacement is expected in early September.
July 17, 2013 at 5:10 PM
This weekend, the northbound and southbound ramps from Interstate 5 to Corson Avenue South will close, in the first of 11 weekend disruptions of I-5 alongside Beacon Hill or Capitol Hill.
The Corson job runs from noon Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, when motorists are advised to detour by using the nearby Albro-Swift exits.
Contractors will be replacing steel expansion joints that have worn out or been patched since the freeway opened in the 1960s. Three ramps will be resurfaced. Similar work was done south of downtown this winter and spring.
Expansion joints are gaps between spans of a road bridge, so the decks can expand or contract without cracking when the weather changes. The deck edges are reinforced to prevent erosion and enable smoother driving.
There will be a total five weekend ramp closures at Corson, all starting at noon Fridays. Another four at the northbound exit to the West Seattle Bridge and South Spokane Street will begin at 10 p.m. Fridays. Two partial closures are planned on the mainline of northbound I-5 just north of Mercer Street, in late August and early September, when up to three lanes would close by midnight on Fridays. Other overnight lane closures are possible.
A project website is linked here.
June 28, 2013 at 6:55 PM
Raw video of a commuter crossing the temporary bridge. (Rick Lund / The Seattle Times)
MOUNT VERNON — Traffic on the Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge at Mount Vernon will be restricted Saturday morning while the Transportation Department gives the temporary span a checkup.
The department says crews will tighten bolts, inspect the asphalt and look for anything needing repair on the span that allowed the bridge to reopen June 19.
A section of the bridge collapsed into the river May 23 when it was hit by a truck with an oversize load.
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