Construction runs overtime – lane reduction clogs southbound I-5
UPDATE: All lanes of southbound I-5 through Tacoma are open, WSDOT tweeted at 9:12 a.m.
ORIGINAL POST: Expect delays commuting through Tacoma on Wednesday morning as work to reopen lanes after overnight construction has been delayed, according to the state Department of Transportation.
All lanes of southbound Interstate 5 were scheduled to be open by 5 a.m. Wednesday, but crews were delayed in removing traffic barrels, WSDOT tweeted. The reason for the delay has not yet been announced.
As of 8 a.m., WSDOT reported the drive time between Federal Way and Tacoma was 57 minutes. The 9.55-mile drive typically takes 10 minutes.
"Call the boss - you're going to be late," WSDOT tweeted.
Considering all the changes to traffic flow, commuters have endured, WSDOT was quick to eliminated a fear that might have occurred to some. "No, this is not a permanent new feature," the department tweeted. "Crews are still picking up the lane closures on SB I-5 in Tacoma."
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.