Workers chip away at asphalt spill on offramp

Herald staff

EVERETT — Cleanup of spilled liquid asphalt that covered the I-5 offramp to the Boeing freeway continues as workers try to determine the best way to get hardened asphalt out of storm drains.

Foss Environmental workers ground off the asphalt spilled Friday when a tanker truck overturned, struck a guardrail and one of two tanks ruptured, spilling about 2,500 gallons.

The cleanup crew removed the spilled asphalt as well as an inch of pavement to prepare the road for repaving, said Mark Daniels, vice president of Daniels Trucking of Mountlake Terrace. His company was hauling the paving-grade road asphalt.

Driver Dennis C. Jennerjohn, 58, of Oak Harbor was listed in satisfactory condition Monday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He suffered second-degree burns from the hot liquid asphalt.

No date has been set for the repaving, which will be determined by state Department of Transportation officials and also by the weather, Daniels said. The project will take about half a day, he said.

He estimated that less than 20 gallons of diesel spilled into storm drains and was pumped out.

Workers will put a camera into the storm drains todayTto determine if the hardened asphalt can be removed from the pipes or whether the pipes will have to be replaced, Daniels said.

The company’s insurance company will pay the cleanup and repaving costs. No total cleanup cost has been determined.

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