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.

  1. The initial belief was that an expansion joint failed.
  2. Alternate route suggestions helped for awhile, but soon even those routes were jammed with traffic.
  3. WSDOT bridge maintenance crews informed that it wasn't the expansion joint that failed, but the metal plate that covers the expansion joint.
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