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WSDOT: I-5 to be closed overnight south of Bellingham

Northbound lanes of I-5 north of Nulle Road interchange after a 3 vehicles collided with a debris slide that took out a section of guardrail (November 15, 2021). Photo: WSP
Northbound lanes of I-5 north of Nulle Road interchange after 3 vehicles collided with a debris slide that took out a section of guardrail (November 15, 2021). Photo: WSDOT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation announced about 5pm today, November 15th, that both directions of I-5 will remain closed overnight due to flooding & active slides that threaten the highway.

There had been 3 incidents today that forced closing the lanes due to trees, power lines and debris in the lanes.

Northbound lanes will be closed at Nulle Road (milepost 246) and southbound lanes at N Lake Samish (milepost 244).

With Valley Highway (SR9) and Chuckanut Drive (SR11) currently closed, there will not be a detour route around this closure.

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Early tomorrow, WSDOT personnel will evaluate the hillside along northbound I-5 to determine the next steps.

The issues on southbound I-5 are related to water over the roadway 6-8 inches deep, which WSDOT will work to address during the daylight hours tomorrow.

Travelers should not attempt to go around the closures for everyone’s safety.

Water spilling onto the southbound lanes of I-5 (November 15, 2021). Photo: WSP
Water spilling onto the southbound lanes of I-5 (November 15, 2021). Photo: WSP
Water spilling onto the southbound lanes of I-5 (November 15, 2021). Photo: WSP
Water spilling onto the southbound lanes of I-5 (November 15, 2021). Photo: WSP

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