Oops: Seattle City Light apologizes for I-5 delays

SEATTLE -- Seattle City Light apologized for causing long backups on Interstate 5 near Tukwila this morning, saying extended work made for a delay in opening up the freeway after nighttime closures.

Power crews were working on a project to upgrade towers for transmission distribution lines across I-5 early Monday morning. The work took longer than expected, officials said, and the delay meant a late start in reopening I-5.

All lanes were reopened by 6:30 a.m., but by then a back-up had already began. Traffic delays from SeaTac to Seattle were reported around 90 minutes at 7:30 a.m.

"We apologize to all commuters who were affected by the delay," Seattle City Light said.