“City of Yelm and State Transportation Agencies Establish Plan to Lessen Traffic Impacts During More Frequently Occurring I-5 Closures”
- From the City of Yelm news release”
“In the wake of more frequently occurring traffic related emergencies that force the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to shut down I-5 for multiple hours, the City of Yelm is expanding efforts to revamp an emergency plan with regional partners, including Washington State Patrol (WSP), Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC), Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), and WSDOT to improve flow when the interstate is shut down.”
“An emergency is now defined as a closure anticipated to last an hour or longer during hours when the roadways are most active. An hour long closure between 1-2 a.m. might not constitute an emergency, while a closure from 4-5 a.m. would activate the emergency response system. Closures anticipated to last four hours or longer will also involve JBLM opening the perimeter road to add an additional lane of north or southbound traffic.”
Red= I-5 closure between Grand Mound and Lakewood with traffic impacts to Yelm.
Blue= The shortest alternate route (distance), using State Routes 507 and 510 leading through Yelm.
Teal= Alternate route for semi-trucks notified in the freight alert.
Green= Alternate route along State Route 101 and 103 but this route is less frequently used and requires a toll at the Narrows Bridge or a ferry fare further north.