Seattle to take measures against truck backups on roads due to port slowdown

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Department of Transportation said that, to ensure that traffic flows safely and efficiently near Port of Seattle facilities, the city will take measures Friday to address trucks backing up onto city and state roadways due to Terminal 18 delays.

"Based on discussions with the port, starting Friday, morning trucks will be detoured off city streets into a holding area at nearby Terminal 5, where they will stage for entry into Terminal 18. Truck drivers will be directed to this holding area using fixed and variable messages signs," SDOT said.

Also on Friday, SDOT said it will install “No Stopping, Standing or Parking from 3 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.” signs on Harbor Island to ensure vehicles stage at Terminal 5 prior to the opening of Terminal 18’s gates.

SDOT said the Seattle Police Department is providing officers to support traffic flow and prevent the West Seattle Bridge, Spokane Street Viaduct and intersections near Harbor Island from being blocked by commercial vehicles.