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Problem in roadway backed up morning I-5 commute

Officials estimated a backup of at least 10 miles plagued drivers trying to get to work on Thursday morning.

The Associated Press

5/29/2014

SEATTLE  — The Washington State Department of Transportation said a problem with the roadway backed up Interstate 5 traffic southbound into Seattle.

Officials estimated a backup of at least 10 miles plagued drivers trying to get to work on Thursday morning.

At 9 a.m., a spokesman for the Transportation Department said it was taking two hours to travel from the Lynnwood area to Southcenter on interstate 5.

Mike Allende said the backup was the worst he's ever seen.

The State Patrol and bridge maintenance crews worked to fix a broken metal plate covering an expansion joint on the freeway while drivers managed to get to work without the left three lanes of the freeway.

State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb said at least three vehicles were damaged by hitting the metal plate, and others may have had tires punctured. He had no reports of anyone injured.

Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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