More than a dozen vehicles damaged by Highway 101/I-5 expansion joint problem

OlympianFebruary 20, 2014 

Here's a photo tweeted by Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill of damaged roadway on southbound Highway 101 to northbound I-5 on Thursday. Multiple vehicles pulled to the right with tire damage. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Patrol.

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More than a dozen motorists reported damage to their vehicles from a hole on southbound U.S. Highway 101 merge to northbound Interstate 5 at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a dispatcher with the Washington State Patrol.

“Troopers contacted approximately 15 vehicles northbound I-5 between Capitol Boulevard and Sleater-Kinney Road with flat tires,” said Trooper Guy Gill. “No injuries were reported.”

He said the damage was related to bridge expansion joint problems. The Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted that emergency repair work at the scene was completed and all lanes were opened by 8:30 a.m. But four hours later, the temporary fix was worn down, and the right lane in the area was closed for another repair, according to the WSDOT. 

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