Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tracking the storms...what travelers need to know

By Lisa Van Cise

Current Road Closures

King County
  • EB SR 520 -  CLEARED 2:43 p.m. Oct. 14 - A tree is blocking the three right lanes of EB SR 520 just before 84th Street.
  • I-5 Seattle - CLEARED 8:30 a.m. Oct. 14 - The two right lanes of northbound I-5 just north of Mercer Street are blocked due to water over the roadway.
  • I-5 Seattle - CLEARED 6:58 a.m. Oct. 14: The I-5 express lanes are closed due to a semi rollover collision. Drivers should use SR 99 or expect delays.
  • SR 203 - CLEARED 5:00 p.m. Oct. 13: SR 203 northbound just north of NE 88th Street, a fallen tree is blocking the lane.
Jefferson/Kitsap Counties
  • SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge - CLEARED 5:55 p.m. Oct. 14 - Both directions of SR 104 closed until further notice due to high winds.
Kitsap County
  • SR 160 (SE Sedgwick Road) – CLEARED 6:04 a.m. Oct. 15 – Both directions are closed due to downed trees at milepost 6 near Cottonwood Drive SE.A detour is in place.
Mason County
  • US 101 – CLEARED- 6:17 p.m. Oct. 14 -  Both directions are closed at milepost 321.4 near Jorsted Creek due to downed trees.
Skagit County 
  • SR 20 – CLEARED 5:55 p.m. Oct. 14 – Both directions are blocked at milepost 91 just east of Concrete due to downed trees. 
  • SR 530 – CLEARED 6:30 Oct. 14 – Both directions are blocked at milepost 65 just south of Rockport due to downed trees. 
  • SR 507 Bucoda - CLEARED AT 4:15 p.m Oct. 14 – Both directions are closed at milepost 8 near Flumerfelt Road SE due to trees down in power lines. 
Whatcom County
  • SR 542 Glacier – 11:35 a.m. Oct. 14 – Snow has started to fall and the final 2.7 miles of SR 542 to Artist Point is closed for the season.
  • SR 548 Ferndale – CLEARED 12:15 p.m. Oct. 14 – A fallen tree is blocking both directions of SR 548/Grandview Rd. east of North Star Road. A detour is in place.
  • I-5 Bellingham – CLEARED 3:18 p.m. Oct. 15 – The Bow Hill Rest Area is closed in both directions due to a power outage.
  • I-5 Ferndale - 9:30 a.m. Oct. 15 - The Custer Rest Area is closed in both directions due to a power outage.

The next few days are forecast to be wet and windy as fall storms haul in drenching rain and gusty wind, which could produce power outages and debris on roads and highways. Many trees are still sporting their fall colors, increasing the chance that they could come down in windy weather. Think of the leaves as a sail, catching the wind and toppling trees.

The high potential for flooding and downed trees through the weekend could make traveling a challenge as roads become hazardous or blocked. Please plan ahead and be prepared with our winter weather emergency car kit. If you must travel, be sure you and your vehicle are prepared and stay updated on conditions by turning to media broadcasts and checking our travel alerts page.

As the weather changes we will update this blog with the latest road closure information by county and highway, so check in frequently throughout the weekend.

Stay safe!