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I-5 Construction Continues, Expect Delays Near Sacramento

The Riverfront project on Interstate 5 near downtown Sacramento will continue nighttime ramp closures and lane restrictions for the rest of January and into late February.

The I-5 section from north of U.S. Highway 50 to just south of Richards Boulevard is scheduled for nightly pavement work that will last into the early morning. Caltrans contractors will continue to work on southbound and northbound I-5 as weather and temperatures permit.

The daily schedule is from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday.

Caltrans urges all motorists to use an alternate route, expect additional travel times and/or delays.


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Lane, Ramp Closures for I-5 Construction in Tacoma Area

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports the following I-5 construction activities in the Tacoma area, through Friday, January 19, 2018:

Friday, Jan. 12

  • All lanes of the northbound I-5 collector/distributor will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday. Northbound I-5 drivers headed to I-705 and SR 7 will detour to Portland Avenue.
  • South 38th Street ramp to the northbound I-5 collector/distributor will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday.
  • A single lane of northbound I-5 will close between Portland Avenue and the Puyallup River Bridge from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, Jan. 13

  • Southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street (exit #132A) will close from 11:59 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday.

Monday, Jan. 15

  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
  • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • The northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 and the I-705 and Pacific Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • The northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 and the I-705 and Pacific Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Jan. 18

  • Northbound I-5
    • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
    • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
    • Two lanes of northbound I-5 will close from Portland Avenue to the Puyallup River Bridge. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5
    • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705 and 26th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
    • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
    • Two lanes of southbound I-5 will close from the Puyallup River Bridge to L Street. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. Friday.
    • A single lane of southbound I-5 from Port of Tacoma Road to Bay Street will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
    • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.

Friday, Jan. 19

  • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday.

Additional single lane closures are scheduled each night on northbound and southbound I-5 between M Street to South 38th Street.


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I-5 Connector to Close Today for Maintenance in California

The California Department of Transportation reports that it will close the NB I-5 Connector to WB SR-22 on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for guardrail repair.

Caltrans appreciates the public’s patience while we perform this work. Detour signs will be posted to alert motorists of this closure.


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I-5 Ramp Closures Scheduled in Oregon, Seek Alternate Routes

The Oregon Department of Transportation has scheduled the following nighttime ramp closures for I-5 in Roseburg, Myrtle Creek.

  • Sign installation work will require nighttime ramp closures at two Interstate 5 locations in Douglas County.
    • On Tuesday evening, January 9, the southbound on- and off-ramps at Exit 108 (Myrtle Creek) will be closed from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
    • The following night, January 10, the southbound on- and off-ramps at Exit 124 (Harvard) in Roseburg will be closed from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.


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Universal Studios Hollywood Makes Google Search Top 10

According to Google’s 2017 Year in Search campaign, Universal Studios Hollywood topped the list of Travel Destination Activities based on their aggregation of trillions of search queries.

Trending searches are defined as having the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2017 vs prior year.

According to Google, Year in Search reflects the spirit of the times as they strive to capture the year’s new and exciting search terms. Trending terms generally better identify what people were curious about in 2017 relative to 2016.

As the #1 tourist destination in Los Angeles and one of the most progressive theme parks anywhere, Universal Studios Hollywood inspires guests from across the globe to step into the world of movie-making magic and experience immersive, groundbreaking attractions based on today’s most compelling movies and television shows.


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With its recent unprecedented multi-million dollar investment to reimagine the decades old theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood has undergone a top to bottom makeover resulting in 75 percent of the destination completely transformed. The dramatic changes that have taken place in recent years have substantially altered the look, feel and experience of the theme park to redefine Universal Studios Hollywood as an entirely new destination.

Since its inception over 50 years ago, Universal Studios has lifted the veil on Hollywood’s most illustrious industry, placing guests at the heart of favorite movies and television shows. It continues to be at the top of its game, taking innovation, imagination and inspiration to meteoric levels working in collaboration with some of the most influential filmmakers in the business and the greatest minds in entertainment—Steven Spielberg, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay, Chris Meledandri, Greg Nicotero and JK Rowling—to create intriguing rides and attractions.

As Universal Studios Hollywood looks towards the future, 2018 will offer guests another exciting year of entertainment including the introduction of the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring Kung Fu Panda.


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All Lanes of Southbound I-5 Reopen Following Train Derailment

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that all lanes of southbound I-5 at Mounts Road (milepost 116) have reopened to traffic. Crews were able to complete remaining work activities that required a right lane closure ahead of schedule. The Mounts Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 has also reopened. There are no remaining closures following the Monday train derailment.

Traffic is moving once again on southbound Interstate 5 south of the city of DuPont following a train derailment that blocked all lanes earlier this week.

Additional nighttime work

The right lane of southbound I-5, and the southbound Mounts Road on-ramp will remain closed overnight while WSDOT maintenance crews continue emergency guardrail repair and slope restoration work. Crews expect this work to be finished in time to completely reopen the lane and ramp for the Thursday morning commute. Nighttime travelers should reduce their speed to 45 mph through the area for the safety of the crews along the road.


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I-5 Detour for Washington Train Derailment

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that a train derailment has closed I-5 Southbound at milepost 116.0, near the Burlington Northern RR Trestle.

I-5 southbound will be closed beginning at 7:38 am on December 18, 2017 until further notice. All southbound lanes are blocked. The current detour information is as follows:

  • From I-5 South in Tacoma, drivers can take SR 16 West to SR 3 South towards Shelton to US 101 South towards Olympia to I-5.
  • Another alternate route to use is eastbound SR 512 to southbound SR 7.

Additional information will be reported here as it becomes available.


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Statement on Amtrak Cascades Derailment

Today’s (Monday, Dec. 18) tragic derailment of the Amtrak Cascades southbound train has significantly impacted the lives of many this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this event and their families.

We are working closely with multiple partners, including Washington State Patrol, Sound Transit, Amtrak, Pierce County, JBLM and local emergency responders to assess the situation and render assistance. After emergency response is complete, and the National Transportation Safety Board has released the scene, the train will be removed from the interstate right of way. We anticipate this will be a lengthy process due to the severity of the incident and the size and weight of the train cars. WSDOT is working with other agencies on any rerouting of traffic during the investigation.

The Amtrak Cascades train service is jointly owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Amtrak operates the service for the two states as a contractor, and is responsible for day to day operations. Amtrak Cascades runs trains from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Eugene, Oregon.

The tracks, known as the Point Defiance Bypass, are owned by Sound Transit. The tracks were previously owned by BNSF and were used for occasional freight and military transport. WSDOT received federal grants to improve the tracks for passenger rail service. As owners of the corridor Sound Transit managed the track upgrade work under an agreement with WSDOT. Funding for the upgrades was provided by the Federal Railroad Administration, which reviewed work throughout the duration of the contract.

Today was the first day of public use of the tracks, after weeks of inspection and testing.


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Washington State DOT: Smooth Holiday Travel Requires Planning, Patience

No matter what your holiday plans, being prepared for winter conditions and holiday traffic will help make your trip smoother. The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to “know before you go” and plan ahead for smoother travel.

Three-day Christmas weekends are rare – the last one on a Monday was in 2006. Washington State DOT traffic analysts warn that winter weather is unpredictable, so be prepared for snow and ice no matter where you travel and know that a sudden snowstorm can affect the travel time projections.

Holiday Travel Suggestions:

  • Pre-program 530 AM and 1610 AM to vehicle radios for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Carry chains and other winter driving essentials.
  • Check current chain and traction requirements on the WSDOT passes website or by calling 5-1-1, and watch for highway advisory signs.
  • Leave extra time for holiday and winter travel, slow down and drive appropriately for conditions. Often crashes or pass closures are due to drivers going too fast or traveling without proper equipment.

Mountain Passes
In the mountains, State Route 123 Cayuse Pass (elevation 4,675 feet), State Route 20 North Cascades Highway (elevation 5,477 feet) and Chinook Pass (elevation 5,430 feet) are closed for the winter. On Snoqualmie Pass (elevation 3,022), you can receive text alerts for pass delays 30 minutes or longer – text “wsdot snoqualmie” to 468311 to subscribe, and “wsdot stop” to unsubscribe.

Tolls
In the Puget Sound, the State Route 520 bridge will have weekend toll rates on Monday, Dec. 25. Travel is free on the Interstate 405 express toll lanes on Christmas day, returning to normal toll and HOV requirements from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26. I-405 express toll lanes are always free on weekends and evenings. Out-of-town travelers can learn about toll roads and short-term account options on the Good to Go! visitors page. If renting a vehicle, check with the rental agency about their tolls policy and fees.


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Northern California I-5 Construction Update

The California Department of Transportation reports the following I-5 construction update. The information below is for California District 2 planned I-5 lane closures only.

  • I-5 Klamath River Bridge – Work in Progress
    A project north of Yreka is in progress. It includes widening, bridge rail upgrade, and undercrossing. Northbound and southbound traffic on Interstate 5 currently is under a 55 mph speed reduction with single lane closures in effect for both directions. Construction operations will continue throughout the winter unless extreme winter weather prevents Caltrans and its contractors to perform corresponding jobs.
  • I-5 Collier Rest Area – Water Treatment Facility
    Among other construction improvements, a water treatment facility is being installed in the Randolph Collier Rest Area by I-5 north of Yreka. The rest area will remain open through the winter with minor impacts to traffic on Interstate 5.
  • I-5 South Weed Project – Work in Progress
    Between Weed/Mount Shasta (60+ miles North of Redding). Alternating lane closures. Expect minor delays and intermittent ramp closures due to construction operations including paving, striping and other, for about 12 miles, between Weed and Mt. Shasta. Construction operations will continue throughout the winter unless extreme winter weather prevents Caltrans and its contractors to perform corresponding jobs.
  • I-5 Shasta Viaduct – Work in Progress
    Southbound, 16 miles north of Redding. The Shasta Viaduct project on I-5 Sidehill will replace the existing bridge with an 800 ft long bridge over a 400 ft long arch. Motorists driving southbound are asked to slow down and follow the signs for one lane closure to the left. Motorists driving northbound won’t be affected by this project. Construction operations will continue throughout the winter unless extreme winter weather prevents Caltrans and its contractors to perform corresponding jobs.

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