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I-5 HOV construction closures

Drivers may encounter weeknight ramp and lane closures on Tacoma area highways. The closures allow continued construction of new I-5 HOV lanes in Tacoma and Fife.

Single- and double-lane closures also will occur during weeknight hours between Port of Tacoma Road and L Street. All ramp closures will have signed detours.

Ramp closures
Wednesday, Jan. 18
• Northbound I-5 collector/distributor exits to I-705/SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.

Thursday, Jan. 19
• Southbound I-5 exit to southbound SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Friday, Jan. 20
• Bay Street on-ramp to northbound State Route 167 (River Road) will close from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following day.
• Northbound I-5 exit to SR 167 (River Road) will close from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following day.
• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Saturday, Jan. 21
• Southbound I-705 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Monday, Jan 23 and Tuesday, Jan. 24
• Northbound I-5 Collector/Distributor exits to Interstate 705/State Route 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following day
Wednesday, Jan. 25
• Southbound I-705 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.

Thursday, Jan. 26

• Northbound I-5 Collector/Distributor exits to I-705/SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• Northbound I-5 exit to Port of Tacoma Road (Exit #136B) will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• Southbound I-5 exit to East 27th and Bay Street will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.
• Southbound I-5 exit to Port of Tacoma Road will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.

Friday, Jan. 27

• Northbound I-5 Collector/Distributor exits to I-705/SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.









Crews are building a new path for northbound I-5 in Tacoma
HOV makeover in Tacoma requires squeeze at SR 16/I-5 connection
Eastbound SR 16 drivers near I-5 can expect delays, congestion through spring 2017

Temporary but significant changes are underway for drivers who use the eastbound State Route 16 on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 in Tacoma. The change will allow crews to continue efforts to extend HOV lanes into Tacoma, but a similar configuration in 2015 created routine backups on SR 16 approaching I-5.

The eastbound SR 16 on-ramp to northbound I-5 is reduced to one lane through spring 2017.

The work zone space created by reducing eastbound SR 16 to one lane at northbound I-5 will allow crews to build new road approaches to the newly constructed bridge over Interstate 705/State Route 7. That new bridge will eventually carry all northbound I-5 traffic, and existing northbound I-5 lanes will be converted to HOV lanes.

Eastbound SR 16 travelers merging onto northbound I-5 can expect congestion and delays, particularly during the morning and afternoon commute hours. Drivers headed north of Tacoma who encounter backups are encouraged to consider detouring onto State Route 7, to South 38th Street (east), and looping back onto the SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5.

See additional information about this change at the WSDOT Blog.




McKinley Way overpass being rebuilt

East McKinley Way at I-5 in Tacoma closed to all traffic during August 2016. The closure will allow crews to rebuild the overpass. The roadway isn't expected to reopen to traffic until late winter 2018.  Until the overpass it rebuilt, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will detour to the rebuilt Pacific Avenue overpass. Rebuilding both overpasses is part of the effort to expand I-5 HOV lanes into Tacoma. 

 
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