Pierce County construction

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This page was updated on: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Expect overnight delays on I-5 through Lakewood: Friday, June 28

Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead for overnight delays on Interstate 5 through Lakewood near JBLM. The lane closures allow crews to install girders on one of two new overpasses being built at Thorne Lane.

  • Northbound and southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane and that single lane will be detoured up and over the Thorne Lane off- and on-ramps from 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 28 to 5:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29.

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 coming to southbound I-5 in Fife and Tacoma that drivers need to be aware of.

  • Weather permitting, during overnight hours of Friday, June 28, three lanes of southbound I-5 will shift on to the new northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge. Drivers who use Port of Tacoma Road to southbound I-5 and the southbound I-5 exit 135 to SR 167 and Portland Avenue will also see temporary changes. This video describes what lanes travelers need to be in so they can reach their destinations. If the forecast allows the contractor to perform this work, the following lane and ramp closures will be in place during the overnight hours of Friday, June 28:
    • Southbound I-5 exit 135 to Bay Street will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m., Saturday, June 29.
    • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29.
    •  27th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday, June 29.
    • Overnight drivers on southbound I-5 will experience rolling slowdowns from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday, June 29.
    • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane from Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way from 1:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 29.
  • All lanes of northbound I-5 from East McKinley Way to the exit of SR 167 are now shifted towards the center of the highway. This traffic shift creates a work zone allowing construction crews to widen northbound I-5, remove the last section of the East L Street overpass, and replace the original roadway surface.

A recent WSDOT blog post shares more information about the I-5 - Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Southbound HOV project.

Traffic revision at Tacoma's South 38th Street

  • Southbound I-5 and eastbound SR 16 drivers exiting to South 38th Street can turn right or left at the top of the ramp. Traffic at the top of the ramp is now controlled by a temporary traffic signal.
  • The southbound I-5 ramp to westbound South 38th Street is now closed for reconstruction.
  • Travelers coming from I-705, SR 7 and Pacific Avenue are now shifted onto one lane across the new southbound I-5 bridge. From there, drivers now have the opportunity to exit to South 38th Street or continue to southbound I-5.
Eastbound SR 16 to southbound I-5 after eastbound S. 38th Street reopens

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Changes for eastbound SR 16 travelers to southbound I-5 through June

WSDOT contractor Skanska has implemented a traffic shift  for eastbound SR 16 travelers headed to southbound I-5.

  • Drivers on eastbound SR 16 going to southbound I-5 need to merge left after Union Avenue to reach southbound I-5.
  • From there, they will follow the signs to southbound I-5 and travel across newly built HOV lanes that have been temporarily striped as general purpose lanes.
  • There is no change for eastbound SR 16 drivers going to northbound I-5. 
  • The South Sprague Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 is also closed through June.
  • The closures allow crews to rebuild the southbound collector/distributor lane that runs between eastbound State Route 16 and southbound I-5, and the South 38th Street ramps. Signed detours will be in place. 
Eastbound SR 16 to SB I-5 temporary alignment in April 2019

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South Sprague Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 closed for construction

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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 to133
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:

  • A segment of 20th Street East in Fife is closed near I-5 to all traffic around the clock through July 2019 while crews construct bridge piers for a new southbound I-5 bridge over the Puyallup River. During the closure, travelers will follow a signed detour using Port of Tacoma Road and Pacific Highway East.  There will be short durations when 20th Street East will re-open to traffic during this approximate 45 day period. Local closure signs will be updated accordingly.

Overnight lane closures:

  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane between Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way each night June 24-28 during early morning hours from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., and until 6 a.m. Saturday, June 29.
  • Southbound I-5 will have rolling slowdowns between Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way from midnight to 4 a.m. Saturday, June 29.
  • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane each night between McKinley Way to Port of Tacoma Road from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. June 24-28.

Overnight lane closures:

Tuesday, June 25

  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • 54th Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit 135 to Bay Street/Portland Avenue and SR 167 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • South 38th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Northbound I-5 ramp to westbound SR 16 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • East and westbound South 38th Street exits from southbound I-5 and eastbound SR 16 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 26

  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • 54th Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit 135 to Bay Street/Portland Avenue and SR 167 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • South 38th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • East and westbound South 38th Street exits from southbound I-5 and eastbound SR 16 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, June 27

  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit 135 to Bay Street/Portland Avenue and SR 167 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
  • I-705, SR 7 and southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday. Drivers will detour to westbound SR 16 to Union Avenue to eastbound SR 16 to southbound I-5.

Friday, June 28

  • Eastbound SR 16 temporary connection to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday.
  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit 135 to Bay Street/Portland Avenue and SR 167 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • East and westbound South 38th Street exits from southbound I-5 and eastbound SR 16 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.

Overnight lane closures:

  • Drivers are advised to be prepared for up to three lanes closed on both directions of I-5 from 54th Avenue East in Fife to South 48th Street in Tacoma, and single lane closures on eastbound State Route 16 near South Sprague Avenue.
  • All lanes of southbound I-5 are scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. during the week, and by 8 a.m. on weekends.
  • All lanes of northbound I-5 are scheduled to reopen by 4 a.m. during the week, and by 7 a.m. on weekends.

Why are these closures necessary?

  • On I-5 between Port of Tacoma Road and East L Street, contractor crews are shifting traffic to begin construction on a new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge. Crews are removing the East L Street overpass and associated bridge piers.
  • Contractor crews are building a new alignment for southbound I-5 near the SR 16 interchange. The new alignment makes room for direct connect HOV lanes to be built between the two highways. To do this work, southbound I-5 traffic is shifted onto a temporary alignment.  Crews are moving into a new stage of construction that reubilds the eastbound SR 16 collector/distributor lanes to southbound I-5. Crews are refreshing the lane striping as weather allows.

 

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: Chuck Meade, 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.
  • Overnight single and double lane closures on both directions of I-5 each night from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following day.
  • No two adjacent ramps will be closed overnight simultaneously.
  • Some work is weather sensitive and could be rescheduled.

Monday, June 24

  • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 25

  • 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.

Wednesday, June 26

  • 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.

Thursday, June 27

  • ​Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive and the 41st Division Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Friday, June 28

  • Northbound and southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane and that single lane will be detoured up and over the Thorne Lane off- and on-ramps from 10:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

Construction activity on Union Avenue in Tillicum

  • Crews are now closing a single lane of Union Avenue between Thorne Lane and Spruce Street each day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  During the work hours, traffic will be controlled by flaggers while crews perform earth work activities associated with the new Thorne Lane overpass.

 

I-5 - Plum St to S Tacoma Way - Paving
Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 115.4
Contact: Doug Adamson, 360-357-2716
Description: Crews will repave sections of I-5 between Olympia and Tacoma. The project will also repair three bridges in Thurston and Pierce Counties. Two bridges carry vehicles on I-5 in Olympia and Nisqually. The third bridge is Vickery Avenue over SR 512 in Parkland. 
Work Schedule: From 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday, June 21-24, one lane of northbound I-5 will close just past the Nisqually River Bridge. Two of the three lanes will remain open. The two open lanes will be narrower than usual with a reduced speed limit of 35 mph.

6-day closure of Vickery Avenue Bridge over SR 512 begins Monday, June 24 
Travelers in Parkland are encouraged to plan ahead for a six-day total closure of the Vickery Avenue Bridge over SR 512. The bridge will close around-the-clock from 6 a.m. Monday, June 24 to 7 a.m. Saturday, June 29. The closure will allow contractor crews to completely remove and replace the road across the bridge. During the closure, travelers will follow a signed detour via Waller road. The work will not affect travel on SR 512.

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 30
Contact: Michele Britton, 360-874-3010
Description: Safety improvements on SR 7 near Eatonville. One lane alternating traffic will be in place controlled by flagging operation.
Work Schedule: No work scheduled.

SR 7, Pedestrian Crossing - Safety Improvement
Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 47.55 to 52.12
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-365-6752
Description: Contractor crews are improving pedestrian crossings at six locations on State Route 7 in Spanaway and Parkland by installing rapid flashing beacons. During the week of June 24, crews are installing signs and pavement markings.
Work Schedule:

  • Daytime shoulder closures on both northbound and southbound SR 7.
  • Overnight single lane closures on both directions of SR 7.
  • Work is taking place at the following locations:
    • milepost 52.12 at Violet Meadows Street
    • Milepost 51.96  at118th Street S.
    • milepost 51.57 at 124th Street S.
    • milepost 50.95 at 134th Street S.
    • milepost 50.41 at 143rd Street S.
    • milepost 49.63 at 155th Street S.
    • milepost 49.19 at 162nd Street S.
    • milepost 48.55 at 173rd Street S.
    • milepost 48.08 at 180th Street S.
    • milepost 47.83 at 184th Street S.
    • milepost 47.55 at 188th Street S.


SR 162, Spiketon Creek Bridge - Temporary Bridge
Highway: 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 19.6
Contact: Tina Werner, 360-704-3270
Description: Contractor crews will install a temporary crossing over Spiketon Creek in Buckley late summer 2019. The 82-year-old bridge was closed to traffic in August 2018 after settlement was observed in one of its piers. A detour is in place using Mundy Loss Road, SR 410 and SR 165. 
Work Schedule: Construction on the temporary crossing will begin late summer 2019. Drivers will continue to use the detour until the bridge reopens later that fall. Project webpage.

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: Tina Werner, 360-704-3270
Description: This project removes and replaces three fish barrier culverts under SR 302 with fish passable structures and repaves nearly 7 miles of highway along with ADA improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Work Schedule: During construction, drivers should expect daytime lane and shoulder closures, extended weekend closures, extended on- and off-ramp closures and up to a full, weeklong closure of the Purdy Spit for deck repairs.  Project webpage.

SR 507, N of Rainier to Jct 7 - Paving
Highway: SR 507 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce, Thurston  Location: Milepost(s) 23.70 to 43.57
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-365-6750
Description: Contractor crews will repave the roadway surface of SR 507 from Rainier in Thurston County to SR 7 near Spanaway in Pierce County. Overnight drivers will see a single lane closure in the southbound direction coltrolled by a pilot car.
Work Schedule: Single lane paving from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28.

SR 507, BCT Replacement and Roadside Safety
Highway: SR 507 Region: Olympic County: Pierce   Location: Milepost(s) 41
Contact: Michele Britton, 360-874-3010
Description: Safety improvements on SR 507 near Spanaway. One lane alternating traffic will be in place controlled by flagging operation.
Work Schedule: No work scheduled.

City of Tacoma Puyallup River Bridge Replacement
Contact: Chris Storey, City of Tacoma Project Manager, 253-573-2484
Description: The City of Tacoma is removing and replacing three spans of the bridge west of the Puyallup River.
Work Schedule: The bridge closed to all traffic on May 21, 2018. Check the project web page for the latest reopening date.
Project web page

I-5 - Port of Tacoma Interchange Improvement Project
Contact: Laurel McQuade, City of Fife, 253-922-9315
Description: City of Fife is underway Phase 1 of this project, which brings road, interchange and intersection improvements to the Port of Tacoma.
Work Schedule: No ramp closures are scheduled.
Project web page.

 
Pierce County Maintenance

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 126 to 130
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Pothole repairs, sweeping and litter removal at different locations on northbound I-5 from Lakewood to Tacoma. Overnight drivers will see two left lanes closed.
Work Schedule: Each night from 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. June 26 to June 29. 

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 126 
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on southbound I-5. Daytime drivers will see a shoulder closed.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 52.3 to 47.4
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Bio-swale maintenance on both directions of SR 7 through Spanaway and Parkland. Daytime drivers will see shoulder closures.
Work Schedule: Each Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3-27.

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 57.8 to 58.2
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Asphalt repair. Traffic will be shifted to the far right lane.
Work Schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 28.

Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2.9 to 3.1
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on westbound SR 16 west of South 19th Street.
Work Schedule: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 26.

Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 8.5
Contact: Tyler Patterson, 206-716-1134
Description: The toll vendor will perform semi-annual maintenance on the tolling equipment . All lanes and shoulders will be closed prior to the toll point, and all traffic will be routed through the toll booths. The 24th Street NW on-ramp to eastbound SR 16 will also close.
Work Schedule: The ramp will close each night from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following day, June 25-26. Lane closures will occur each night from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following day.

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 20.6
Contact: Mark Stevens, 360-704-3265
Description: Both directions of SR 161 will be reduced to a single lane at the intersection of 187th Street East during overnight hours. Law enforcement will be present for traffic control.
Work Schedule: Starting June 13 through June 23: Sunday through Thursday, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day; Friday's 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday. 

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 5 to 10.4
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers as utility crews for Peninsula Light conduct vegetation management. 
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each Tuesday through Friday through June 28.

Highway: SR 410 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 11 to 13
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Replacing median barrier on SR 410 between Sumner and Bonney Lake. The left lane will close in both directions.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. Saturday, June 22 to 5 a.m. Sunday, June 23. 

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2 to 12
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Mowing the median on SR 512. Drivers may see a rolling slow down to mobilize mower into the median and around bridge areas.
Work Schedule: Each day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24 through July 12. 

Highway: SR 509 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2.9 to 3.1
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair and paving on both directions of SR 509. Overnight single lane closure.
Work Schedule:  10 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 to 4 a.m. Thursday, June 27. 

 

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.