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UPDATED: Oversize load on I-5 fails to clear Alabama Street overpass – traffic backup results

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers responded to a report of an oversized load blocking a lane of northbound I-5 in Bellingham about 12:30pm today, October 6th.

According to WSP Trooper Rocky Oliphant, troopers arrived to find a semi truck with a trailer hauling a large tractor was slightly too high to clear the overpass in the lane it was in. A lead pilot car warned the semi truck driver not to attempt to go under the overpass so they could stop before striking the overpass.

As of 12:55pm, Oliphant said it was decided to reapproach the overpass at the middle, its highest point. Accomplishing that will require closing both lanes of northbound I-5. At that time, the traffic backup extended south over 1 mile to the Lakeway Drive interchange.

The on-ramp to northbound I-5 at Iowa Street was closed about 1:30pm and both northbound I-5 lanes were closed while they reapproached the overpass. Soon after, it was reported the load had cleared the overpass and all lanes were reopened.

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Oliphant said the WSP’s Commercial Vehicle Division would be notified.

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