7:49 PM: Since this might not be a time of day when you usually check out regional news outlets, we’re mentioning this too: I-5 southbound is closed at the Ship Canal Bridge because of a law-enforcement investigation. Vehicles that were on the bridge at the time are being turned around and cleared off, and radio discussion indicates it’ll be closed for quite a while. So if you are headed this way from north of downtown, make your way to 99, or else way over to 405 and 90. The investigation involves an incident reported to have started as a vehicle fire on that bridge and turned into a state trooper shooting a man – details are still emerging.
8:01 PM: WSDOT has opened the southbound I-5 express lanes to help with the traffic backlog.
10:07 PM: State Patrol tweeted a few minutes ago that the closure isn’t ending any time soon:
The incident on the Ship Canal covers all lanes and is very extensive. Expect the road to remain closed for several more hours.
— Trooper Chris Webb (@wspd2pio) June 17, 2014
11:48 PM: That turned out not to be the case. Just reopened:
South bound I-5 at the Ship Canal bridge has reopened for normal traffic following the earlier investigation.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) June 17, 2014