Expansion joint fouls traffic on Interstate 5
When a truck's chains pulled up a metal plate covering an expansion joint on southbound I-5 in Seattle, it led to a commute nightmare on Thursday, May 29.
- The initial belief was that an expansion joint failed.
- — WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic)Thu, May 29 2014 13:31:24I did just get confirmation that this is an old expansion joint, not one that has been replaced as part of our project.
- — Mark Dornfeld (@PDXTrafficNow)Thu, May 29 2014 14:17:13
- — Washington State DOT (@wsdot)Thu, May 29 2014 14:20:48
- Alternate route suggestions helped for awhile, but soon even those routes were jammed with traffic.
- — WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic)Thu, May 29 2014 14:22:42If going SB into Seattle, use SR 99 or 15th NW. If going SB south of Seattle, use I-405. Backup is 10 miles and growing.
- WSDOT bridge maintenance crews informed that it wasn't the expansion joint that failed, but the metal plate that covers the expansion joint.
- — WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic)Thu, May 29 2014 14:43:46Our bridge maintenance crews go underneath and check bolts holding the plates in place every few weeks and tighten if needed.
- — WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic)Thu, May 29 2014 15:26:05SB travel times: Alderwood-Southcenter 115 mins, Everett-Seattle 100 mins, Everett-Bellevue 80 mins, Lynnwood-Seattle 85.