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Crashes on both bridges snarl morning commute in Clark County

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: June 21, 2024, 8:14am

Friday morning saw a sea of brake lights and slowed traffic on highways all over Clark County.

A crash on the Interstate 205 Bridge in the southbound lanes about 7 a.m. backed up that freeway, with slow traffic spilling onto state Highway 14 both east and westbound. Two lanes were blocked because of debris in the roadway.

About the same time, a crash on the Interstate 5 Bridge southbound in the left lane quickly backed up traffic heading to Portland. Though the crash was cleared in about 15 minutes, the damage had been done.

There was no word on injuries in either crash.

By 8 a.m., I-5 South was slow to Hazel Dell and I-205 South was a backed up to Padden Parkway. Highway 500 west was slowed to Falk Road. The traffic jams on Highway 14 east and westbound between the freeways came close to overlapping near Lieser Road. Highway 14 westbound was also backed up from I-205 to 164th Avenue.

Shortly before noon the snarl were beginning to ease on Highway 500 and 14, though I-205 and I-5 were still seeing stop-and-go traffic.

For those heading to Portland, expect long delays. Avoid freeways if possible for those heading anywhere in Clark County.