Officials kept the intersection of First Avenue South and Yesler Way closed to traffic for hours Wednesday afternoon for cleanup.
A toppled tree in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square closed a busy intersection to traffic for hours Wednesday afternoon.
About 1 p.m., the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reported the hazard at First Avenue South and Yesler Way, advising drivers to avoid the area. Seattle Police soon after closed the intersection for cleanup. Roughly four hours later, SDOT reported the area open again to traffic.
The circumstances that caused the tree to uproot are unclear.
Crews with the city’s Urban Forestry division, as well as King County Metro, coordinated to clear the area, SDOT spokesman Norm Mah said in an email.
No further details were immediately available.