Friday, January 9, 2009

Reopen and recover...

1 p.m. update: 90 sections of highway reopened. There are 34 sections still closed and 14 restricted.

10 a.m. update:
85 sections of state highway have reopened. There are 39 sections still closed and 12 restricted.

Busy morning this morning. As of 4:30 a.m., 68 sections of state highway have reopened. There are 49 sections still closed and 18 restricted. The amount of roads closing is changing constantly, so I would recommend looking at our county-by-county update site to see if a road is open or closed. If you don't see a closure on our travel alerts and slowdowns page that means the road has been opened. There were so many closures it became very difficult to navigate the site yesterday.

In terms of reopening the roads, here are some of the timelines we know of right now.

US 2, Stevens pass - Opened at 4p.m. on Thursday
I-90, Snoqualmie pass - both directions opened by noon
US 12, White pass - This area was probably the hardest hit of any of the passes, and we have no estimate for reopening yet.
US 97, Blewett pass - There are multiple washouts on this road, no estimate for reopening yet.

One important note to drivers: Even though I-90 will open to traffic, crews are still working out there to get it completely cleaned up. Please give our crews plenty of room if you plan on traveling out there today.

I-5, Lewis County (near Chehalis): 12:30 p.m. update: I-5 in both directions now open to all traffic.

In a weird string of events yesterday, we tried to route trucks past the closure on SR 7 yesterday but wouldn't you know it, a mudslide blocked the road. At least we tried :).

We have some amazing photos of this recent event on our Flickr account. There was an amazing amount of damage across western Washington.

On a side note:
Remember the trouble we were having with our AC unit in the server room? We put enough portable AC units and fans to keep the servers cool and the Web site up and running. Turns out that the part we needed to fix the unit was trucked up from California! They are waiting for us to open I-5 to get the part to us, so this closure directly affects us also. We will definitely breath a big sigh of relief when that part gets here and we can finally fix that AC unit.

We know how important these routes are for you and are working as hard as we can to get them safe and get them open again.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your hard work.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate you keeping this blog updated. My husband was teaching in Eugene until Wednesday and couldn't make it past the flooding in time. It helped having this more personable form of communication. I also appreciated the use of Flickr and YouTube to communicate the extent of the situation. I don't use twitter, but I think it's great that you're using the social media sites to communicate.

The only thing I found frustrating was trying to match the alerts with the actual road maps. We don't travel that far south of Seattle very often, so I couldn't visualize where things were actually closed without pulling up Google maps and zooming in enough to see mile markers. But that only worked on the routes that have mile markers on Google maps. Maybe next time you can work on some mash ups?

Thanks again!

Jeremy Bertrand said...

Ya, that is definitely something we want to do better. We get milepost numbers from our maintenance folks but don't have a great map on our Web site yet to match mileposts with an exact view of the road.

Wolfeman said...

Just curious, any word on whether 410 is going to get opened between Enumclaw and Greenwater so we can get up to Crystal this weekend?

Thanks for all the hard work and overtime you guys are putting in.

E said...

THANK YOU! THANK YOU
I GET TO SEE THE SEE THE WOMEN I LOVE THIS WEEKEND!

Jeremy Bertrand said...

SR 410 is a bad situation. 14 inches of water over the roadway, several mudslides and a washout of the road in one spot. We are going to need contractors out there to basically rebuild the roadway. The road is in too bad of shape to guess a reopening time.

Anonymous said...

Can i get to Oregon via 101 from Port Townsend? I appears you can on this website.

Anonymous said...

My family and DJ will be able to come to my wedding from Portland to Tacoma this weekend if I-5 gets open!!!! thank you for your hard work!

Anonymous said...

I get to go home from Fort Lewis to see my fiance if I-5 gets opened!!! Keep up the hard work!!! THANK YOU!!!

Anonymous said...

I have watched this web site every hour on the hour for updates, I own trucks and they are stuck up there, believe me I know what it's like loosing revenue my trucks can't move. I appreciate the hard work everyone is doing to get traffic moving again,thanks for all the hard work each has put into keeping the roads safe and passable.

Jeremy Bertrand said...

101 from Port Townsend to Oregon? I would hate to tell you yes then have you get stuck somewhere. If you do, be prepared, with this much water still flowing and rain in the forecast there is great potential for closures.

Anonymous said...

I want to thank all of you for the work you do to keep the roads safe for travelers. Just wanted to know whether the route from Aberdeen to Olympia and vise versa is already clear and open. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious to know what authority does the WSDOT have to discriminate what types of traffic can flow on I-5? Commercial vehicles only? What a joke. It's not an issue of safety. Just a matter of giving priority to commericial traffic.

Jeremy Bertrand said...

We have trucks parked everywhere on the roadways and many on the side of the road. If we open it to all traffic there is a considerable safety risk for those trucks trying to get onto the roadway. If we get the trucks through first, traffic moves better for everyone.

casey said...

So is there hope for non-commercial drivers getting through on I5 from Portland to Seattle tonight?

Anonymous said...

Any chance of getting an update on getting SR203 open. I've been searching the web site all day along with checking the road closed signs and no news from WSDOT, Duvall or Carnation. With the water down a good 6'-8' it seems like we should be hearing some news. With Woodinville Duvall RD damaged our best hope to get west, is going south through Carnation and Fall City.

Per-Ola said...

Blogs, Flickr photos and web cams are great tools to keep us informed - even if it many times are just to satisfy our curiosity. Keep up the good work!

As for the travel hassles, that sort of comes with the territory (beautiful snowy mountains and deep valleys). Many of us elected to live here, just because of it!

Closures is something we just have to live with, but sometimes they are too "strict". I mean, a few inches of snow on the roadway, it only makes for more fun and interesting driving, in wonderful winterland. You cannot assume that no one knows how to drive in the snow/ice.
Far too many times when we wanted to drive up to the pass and just "hang out" and hike in the FALLING snow, the road has been closed. Sort of disappointing since there is nothing prettier than very heavy snow fall, or even the occasional blizzard.

Kelly C said...

I got through Glenoma eastbound just before US 12 closed. I have not found any pictures of the washout damage at MP 108. can you link us to any pictures of that and the flooding just east of Morton on US 12?

Anonymous said...

Can you give any estimate on the reopening of US 97 between the Big Y and Lauderdale Junction? And where IS Lauderdale Junction? Is that where 97 heads to Ellensburg and 970 to Cle Elum or where SR 10 joins 970?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all of your hard work to get the roads reopened as quickly as possible. We appreciate
the WSDOT.

Anonymous said...

What is the current status of SR 410 from Greenwater to Crystal Mountain Blvd? The DOT Website indicates two closures: one is the winter season closure beyond Crystal Mtn. Blvd., and the other seems to be about the Greenwater problems, but refers to milepoints beyond Crystal Mtn. Blvd. Can you clear up the confusion? I'm most interested in the condition of SR 410 between Enumclaw and Crystal. Many thanks!

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