Pierce County construction

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Updated: Friday, Jan. 24, 2020

Weekend single lane closure at northbound I-5 exit 132 starts Jan. 31

  • For two consecutive weekends, one lane of the northbound I-5 exit 132 to South 38th Street and SR 16 will close for drainage and concrete work. The the collector/distributor will be reduced to a single lane. The work will take place from 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 to 5 a.m. Monday, Feb.3, and again from 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 to 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10.
  • Weekend travelers using northbound I-5 exit 132 can expect delays. 
  • Work is weather dependent.

New I-5/SR 16 HOV connections open in Tacoma

The connected HOV lanes at Interstate 5 and State Route 16 in Tacoma are open. The HOV lanes serve carpools, vanpools, buses, motorcycles or any vehicle carrying two or more people. WSDOT created a video that shows travelers how those connections will work. The HOV lanes do not have set hours. They are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Construction on I-5 in Tacoma approaching the Puyallup River

    Construction on the last piece of the Tacoma/Pierce County HOV program that builds a new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge is now underway. To do this work, some important changes are underway for southbound I-5 in Fife and Tacoma that drivers need to be aware of. This video describes what lanes travelers need to be in so they can reach their destinations. 

    Pier 5 columns being formed

     


    Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Program

    I-5 - SR 16 Realignment - HOV Structure and Connections
    Highway(s):
    I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) SR 16 0.1 to .7 I-5 130.9 to 133.5
    Contact: Gaius Sanoy, 253-365-6700
    Description: This project is the final of a three stage effort to rebuild the Nalley Valley interchange. During the final phase, crews will build ramps that create new HOV lanes between I-5 and SR 16. The project will also realign I-5 to accommodate HOV ramps.
    Project web page

    I-5 - Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road - Southbound HOV
    Highway(s): I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 136 to 133
    Contact: Gaius Sanoy, 253-365-6700
    Description: This project is the final funded HOV project that builds a new southbound I-5 bridge across the Puyallup River and rebuilds the L Street overpass, and widens I-5 to install and complete the HOV system on I-5 in Tacoma.
    Project web page

    Tacoma/Pierce County HOV construction schedule

    City street closures:

    • 20th Street East under the I-5 Puyallup River Bridges in Fife will close around-the-clock starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Crews need to mobilize a crane in a small work zone that includes this section of 20th Street East. The crane will be used for girder installation on some of the new southbound I-5 bridge piers. 

    Overnight lane and ramp closures

    All closures listed below are subject to change due to weather.

    • Single lane closures each night on eastbound SR 16 from Union Avenue to South Sprague Street from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • Single lane closures each night on both directions of I-5 from Port of Tacoma Road to South 48th Street from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    Friday, Jan. 24

    • Northbound I-5 exit to South 56th Street will close from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
    • South 56th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.

    Monday, Jan. 27

    • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 HOV ramp to northbound and southbound I-5 HOV lanes will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

    Tuesday, Jan. 28

    • Northbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
    • South 38th Street ramp to northbound I-5, SR 7 and I-705 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 HOV ramp to northbound and southbound I-5 HOV lanes will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.

    Wednesday, Jan. 29

    • Northbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 HOV ramp to northbound and southbound I-5 HOV lanes will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.

    Thursday, Jan. 30

    • Eastbound SR 16 HOV ramp to northbound and southbound I-5 HOV lanes will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
    • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to South 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
    • South 38th Street ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.

    Friday, Jan. 31

    • Northbound I-5 exit 132 will be reduced to a single lane from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3. The ramps to and from South 38th Street and to SR 16 will remain open. The single lane closure will begin near South 48th Street. In an effort to reduce backps on northbound I-5 during this around-the-clock weekend work, WSDOT will allow single occupant vehicles to use the northbound I-5 HOV ramp to westbound SR 16 HOV. Access to this ramp is located on the left side of northbound I-5 near South 38th Street. As a reminder, there is no access to Union Avenue or South Sprague Street from the SR 16 HOV lane. 
    • Eastbound SR 16 HOV ramp to northbound and southbound I-5 HOV lanes will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
    • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to South 38th Street will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit 132A to South 38th Street will close from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
    • South 38th Street ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.

    Why are these closures necessary?

    • On I-5 between Port of Tacoma Road and East L Street, contractor crews are building a new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge, widening I-5 and replacing the East L Street overpass.
    • Contractor crews are finishing a project that built new direct connect HOV lanes  between SR 16 and I-5 in Tacoma. Those lanes are now open.

    Pierce County Construction    

    I-5 - Steilacoom-DuPont Rd. to Thorne Lane - Corridor Improvements
    Highway:
    I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 120-124
    Contact: Brian Whitehouse, 360-412-3420
    Description: WSDOT is rebuilding the interchanges at Thorne Lane and Berkeley Street, and adding general purpose and auxiliary lanes to I-5.
    Project web page
    Work Schedule:

    • Daytime shoulder closures on both directions of I-5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the project limits.
    • Single and double lane closures on northbound and southbound I-5 each week night from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. each following day.
    • Typically, no two adjacent ramps will be closed overnight simultaneously.
    • Some work is weather sensitive and could be rescheduled.

    Local street closures:

    • The Washington Avenue and Berkeley Street intersection will close around-the-clock starting at 6 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 through Monday, Feb. 3. During the closure, a signed detour will be in place using Union Avenue, Orchard Street and Grant Avenue SW.

    Night ramp closures:

    Friday, Jan. 24

    • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 10:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
    • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 10:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

    Monday, Jan. 27

    • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    • Northbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    • Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    Tuesday, Jan. 28

    • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
    • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
    • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
    • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    Wednesday, Jan. 29

    • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
    • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
    • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

    Thursday, Jan. 30

    • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
    • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

    Saturday, Feb. 1

    • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
    • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

      I-5 - Port of Tacoma Interchange Improvement Project
      Contact: City of Fife, 253-922-9315
      Description: City of Fife is building Phase 1 of this project, which brings road, interchange and intersection improvements to the Port of Tacoma.
      Work Schedule: See project web page.

      SR 167 Extension Stage 1A - 70th Avenue East Bridge
      Highway: SR 99 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0 - 1
      Contact: Chris Hoffmann, 206-387-2050
      Description: This project, part of the Puget Sound Gateway Program, replaces the existing two-lane 70th Avenue East bridge with a new four-lane bridge just west of its current location. The new bridge provides a 12-foot wide path for pedestrians and bicycles. The project also builds a new roundabout at the 70th Avenue East/SR 99 intersection, a new Interurban Trail parking lot and several hundred feet of new trail. Drivers will see construction on SR 99 from 70th Avenue East to 65th Avenue East.
      Work Schedule: No work scheduled.
      Project web page.

      SR 302 - E of Elgin Clifton Rd to SR 16 - Remove Fish Barriers, Paving and ADA Compliance
      Highway: 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.8 to 16.9
      Contact: Michele Britton, 360-874-3000
      Description: This project removes and replaces three outdated culverts under SR 302 with fish passable structures, repaves 8 miles of SR 302, and rebuilds sidewalks and ramps at the intersections of SR 302 and SR 302 (Spur) through SR 302 and 94th Avenue to comply with the Americans with Disability Act and improve access for all travelers. Drivers can expect up to three weekend closures of the SR 302 Purdy Spit for bridge deck repairs scheduled for summer 2020. The bridge deck work will take place day and night. A signed detour will be in place during construction. Paving and deck repairs will require warm, dry weather conditions. Paving operations will occur overnight, when traffic volumes are less.
      Work Schedule: Drivers will see one-lane alternating traffic or full traffic stops that are less than 5 minutes Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
      Project webpage.

      SR 410 - Traffic Ave Interchange Improvements
      Contact: Andrew Leach, City of Sumner, 253-299-5709
      Description: The City of Sumner is reconfiguring two intersections and adding travel lanes plus multi-modal lanes across SR 410 on Traffic Avenue. Once complete, the improvements will streamline the movement of vehicles, freight, pedestrians and bicycles safely and efficiently while encouraging ridership on Sound Transit and support for South Sound businesses. 
      Work Schedule: Shoulder closures on both directions of SR 410 at Traffic Avenue will be in place. Intermittent daytime closures controlled by flaggers from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Traffic Avenue at Thompson Street. 
      Project web page

      BCT Replacement and Roadside Safety
      Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2.2
      Contact: Andy Larson, 360-874-3011
      Description: Guardrail replacement on both directions of the SR 512 ramps to SR 7. Drivers will see a shoulder closure and possible shifted lanes on the ramps to and from SR 7.
      Work Schedule:  8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 to 5 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24.

      Pierce County Maintenance

      Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 129.5
      Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
      Description: Fence repair next to northbound I-5 near South 72nd Street in Tacoma. The shoulder will close.
      Work Schedule: Monday, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

      Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 58.3
      Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
      Description: Guardrail repair on the SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5. The ramp will close.
      Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 to 4 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24.

      Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 33.6
      Contact: Chris Ehresmann (ehresmc@wsdot.wa.gov) (360) 570-6749
      Description: Utility work will close the northbound lanes of SR 161 in Milton near Emerald Street East and shift lanes during overnight hours.
      Work Schedule: Each night from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Jan. 22-27.

      Highway: SR 167 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 9.5
      Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
      Description: Guardrail repair on southbound SR 167. The exit to West Valley Highway and 24th Street East will close.
      Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 to 4 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

      Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 11.5 - 10.5
      Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
      Description: Sign installation on westbound SR 512. The shoulder will close.
      Work Schedule: Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 6.7 - 7.7
      Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
      Description: Sign installation on eastbound SR 512. The shoulder will close.
      Work Schedule: Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      Slow down and Give 'em a Brake
      Drivers are advised to give themselves extra travel time and become familiar with current ramp closures and detour routes on Interstate 5 in Tacoma before heading out the door. If you're driving at night, please slow down in work zones and avoid distracted driving. Help keep our work crews safe. Slow down, pay attention, and stay calm. Work zones aren't there to personally inconvenience you. They're there to improve the roads for everyone. It's a drivers' own interest to be safe in work zones. Statewide, more than 96 percent of people injured in work zones are drivers, their passengers or passing pedestrians.