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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 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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AAA Holiday Travel Headache Hotspots

INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association (AAA), reports that based on historical and recent travel trends, they expect drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion before the holiday week – on Wednesday, December 20 and Thursday, December 21 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. For example, drivers in New York City could see travel times peak at three times a normal trip between 3:30 and 5:30pm.

“With record-level travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be prepared for delays in major metros,” says Dr. Graham Cookson, chief economist & head of research at INRIX. “Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak times altogether or consider alternative routes.”

Here are the worst days and times to travel…


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Record-Breaking 107 Million Americans to Celebrate Holidays Away From Home

‘Tis the season to traditionally spend with family and friends and this year Americans are traveling in record numbers. AAA forecasts 107.3 million Americans will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation during the year-end holiday period from Saturday, December 23 through Monday, January 1. This will be the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year. 2017 marks the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end holiday travel. Since 2005, total year-end holiday travel volume has grown by 21.6 million, an increase of more than 25 percent.

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California DOT Issues I-5 Construction Advisory

The California Department of Transportation reports the following traffic impacts associated with I-5 construction activities through December 8, 2017

SR-134 to Magnolia Boulevard

  • Sonora Avenue and Western Avenue Closures:
    Intermittent nighttime street closures on Sonora Avenue and Western Avenue from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through mid 2018. Detours are posted.
  • Alameda Avenue Closures:
    Intermittent nighttime ramp closures on Alameda Avenue from Flower Street to Lake Street from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through mid 2018.

    • The following loop on- and off-ramps will be closed:
      • Eastbound Alameda northbound loop on-ramp
      • Westbound Alameda northbound loop off-ramp
      • Eastbound Alameda southbound loop off-ramp
      • Westbound Alameda southbound loop on-ramp
    • The following on- and off-ramps will remain open:
      • Eastbound Alameda northbound off-ramp
      • Westbound Alameda northbound on-ramp
      • Eastbound Alameda southbound on-ramp
      • Westbound Alameda southbound off-ramp

Magnolia Boulevard to Buena Vista Street

  • Northbound and Southbound I-5 Lane Closures:
    Intermittent nighttime northbound and southbound I-5 lane closures between Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • East Orange Grove Avenue Closure:
    East Orange Grove Avenue between 1st Street and North Bonnywood Place will be closed. To access the Orange Grove northbound I-5 on-ramp use Angeleno Avenue. Detours will be posted.
  • Front Street Long-Term Closure:
    Front Street between the Metrolink station (south of the Magnolia Boulevard Bridge) and Burbank Boulevard will be a northbound-only one-way street. For access to the Metrolink station from northbound I-5 use the Olive Avenue exit to 1st Street and cross under the freeway on Verdugo Avenue, and southbound I-5, use the Verdugo Avenue off-ramp exit.
  • Buena Vista Street Closures:
    Intermittent daytime and nighttime closures of Buena Vista Street, in both directions, between San Fernando Boulevard and Winona Avenue.
  • On- and Off-Ramp Closures:
    Intermittent on- and off-ramp closures at Buena Vista Street, San Fernando Boulevard and Burbank Boulevard from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Detours will be provided.
  • Empire Avenue Closure:
    Empire Avenue between Wilson Avenue and Victory Place will be closed through early 2018.

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