All lanes of Southbound Interstate 5 re-opened near DuPont

All three southbound lanes of I-5 reopened this evening, two days after a deadly Amtrak derailment closed them.

Crews have been working around the clock to clear the wreckage from southbound Interstate 5 at the site after Monday’s Amtrak derailment.

Two of the three lanes had opened just before 5 p.m. The right lane remained closed for four more hours while crews repaired a damaged guardrail and continued cleaning debris; the right lane reopened just after 9 p.m. tonight. There was no damage to the concrete roadway.

The Mounts Road off-ramp reopened shortly after the partial reopen this evening. The Mounts Road on-ramp had remained closed until all lanes were opened.

The 270,000 pound locomotive was removed from the scene this morning and hauled northbound in the southbound I-5 lanes.

Traffic had to be halted on DuPont-Steilacoom Road as the flatbed truck carrying the locomotive exited.

Because the truck was so large and the turn was so tight, some road signs and lights had to be temporarily removed.

The locomotive was taken to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

sourced – WSDOT Blog


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