State Route 18 near Issaquah remains closed due to downed trees

January 20, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Trees block state Route 18 near Tiger Mountain, a section along a 24-mile closure of the roadway. State Department of Transportation

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Jan. 20, 2012

State Route 18 — closed early Thursday as a snowstorm yielded to a crippling ice storm — remains closed Thursday afternoon as crews tend to fallen trees in both directions along the roadway.

The route remains closed from Interstate 90 near Preston to state Route 164, or Auburn Way South — a 24-mile stretch. State Department of Transportation officials said no estimated reopening time is available for the road section.

In addition to the fallen trees, freezing rain is complicating the timetable for the state Route 18 reopening.

The closure illustrates the challenges state, county and local road crews face throughout Western Washington as a tumultuous week comes to a close.

Washington State Patrol personnel responded to 2,317 incidents in the 24-hour period ending 9 a.m. Thursday — or four times as many incidents as a year ago on the same day.

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