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Ten mile traffic backups expected during weekend road closure, truckers to use CMV-specific detour


Transportation officials in Washington State are predicting epic traffic delays in Sumner over the weekend due to a construction project.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) traffic engineers predict that a weekend bridge deck project will result in traffic backups of ten miles or more on detour routes.

The project will involve the closure of four miles of northbound State Route 167 from Sumner in Pierce County to Pacific in King County starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday, August 20. The roadway is expected to reopen at  4 a.m. on Monday, August 23.

“A closure like this will trigger tremendous backups on local roads. We are going to need your help so we all can get through this weekend closure,” WSDOT said.

Due to high volumes of traffic, drivers are asked to avoid any unnecessary travel, to try to make trips in the early morning or late evening, and to add at least 90 minutes to expected travel times.

You can view the approved truck detour route on the map below.

Approximately 57,000 vehicles use northbound SR 167 each day, according to 2019 WSDOT data.

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