– With the STP Bicycle Classic passing through Yelm Saturday and Sunday, our emergency responders are stretched to the limit, especially being so understaffed, the Public Safety staffing issues covered here previously.
– From the Yelm Police Dept., 3:30pm
“ALL LANES ARE NOW OPEN ON 1-5 NB. At 1:36 p.m. the State Patrol cleared all lanes of I-5 NB after a fatality accident earlier today. For a period of time all lanes of I-5 NB were closed for the accident investigation and WSDOT was advising drivers to detour through Yelm. It will take a period of time for the traffic congestion in Yelm to clear up and resume normal Friday afternoon flow.
If you can, avoid driving in or through the City.
Emergency workers are very busy handling traffic related incidents along with regular service call volume. Please be patient and don’t call 911 unless there is an emergency.”
– Editor’s note:
GPS routings have many attempting a detour eastbound on Bald Hills Rd., then north on Vail Rd. back to 507. Therefore, 4 Corners is backed-up outbound on Bald Hills Rd. and northbound on Vail Rd. past the 4 Corners intersection.
Same thing occurred in 2016, grid-locking Yelm:
This same situation occurred on February 20, 2016 with a 10 mile I-5 back-up. Today’s I-5 back-up for 14 miles.