Pierce County construction

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Updated: Monday, Feb. 17, 2020

SR 706 in Pierce County remains closed

State Route 706 leading to Mount Rainier National Park's Nisqually entrance will remain closed while the contractor clear slide debris and make repairs to the highway. WSDOT hopes to have two-way traffic restored by mid-March. Due to the conditions of the slide and weather conditions, the timeline may change. We will provide updates as they become available on the WSDOT Blog. Photos from the slide are available on WSDOT's Flickr account.

The road was closed Thursday, Feb. 6, when driving rain triggered several mudslides, closing all lanes. The highway remains closed to all travelers at milepost 10.18 near Kernahan Road East.  The closure blocks access to Mount Rainier National Park’s Nisqually entrance. There is no detour available. WSDOT strongly encourages travelers to not venture beyond the closure location, which is now an active work zone.

    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. 


    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:

    • None scheduled at this time.

    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.
    • Throughout the month of February, contractor crews will install 54 bridge girders on six of the nine spans of the new bridge. This work will require overnight lane closures on southbound I-5 in Fife and Tacoma from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    • Overnight lane closures, including the HOV lanes are scheduled on both directions of I-5 from South 48th Street to Port of Tacoma Road from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    Monday, Feb. 17

    • Northbound I-5 exit to 134 to Portland Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.
    • Northbound I-5 exit 132 will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.
    • South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 and I-705 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 HOV lane to northbound and southbound I-5 HOV will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
    • South 38th Street to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.

    Tuesday, Feb. 18

    • Northbound I-5 exit to 134 to Portland Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
    • Northbound I-5 exit 133 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 HOV lane to northbound and southbound I-5 HOV will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit 132A to South 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
    • South 38th Street to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to South 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.

    Wednesday, Feb. 19

    • Eastbound SR 16 HOV lane to northbound and southbound I-5 HOV will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
    • South 38th Street to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit 132A to South 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to South 56th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 exit to South Sprague will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.

    Thursday, Feb. 20

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

    Friday, Feb. 21

    • Eastbound SR 16 HOV lane to northbound and southbound I-5 HOV will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
    • South 38th Street to southbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
    • South Sprague 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:

    • Tuesday, Feb. 18 through Thursday, Feb. 20, the intersection of Washington Avenue and Berkeley Street will close each night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.
    • Saturday, Feb. 22, the eastbound right lane of Murray Road will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.
    • 146th Street Southwest will close at Murray Road from 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 to 5 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.
    • Weekend closure of existing Berkeley Street overpass is scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, March 2.
    • Work is weather sensitive and may be rescheduled.

    Night ramp closures:

    Monday, Feb. 17

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

    Tuesday, Feb. 18

    • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 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.

    Wednesday, Feb. 19

    • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 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.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne lane will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to Gravelly Lake Drive will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

    Thursday, Feb. 20

    • 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 Thorne lane 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. Friday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to Gravelly Lake Drive will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.

    Saturday, Feb. 22

    • Northbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
    • Thorne Lane 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: Shoulder closures on northbound and southbound I-5 Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    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: A temporary detour raod around the work zone is now open. Speed limit through the work zone is 25 mph. 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 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 15.4 -18
    Contact: Andy Larson, 360-874-3011
    Description: Guardrail replacement on both directions of the SR 302 spur on-ramp to eastbound and westbound SR 16. Drivers will see a shoulder closure and possible shifted lanes.
    Work Schedule:  Each night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Jan. 31 to Feb.7.

    Pierce County Maintenance

    Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 124.5 - 130.5
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Pothole repairs and median sweeping on northbound I-5 from Lakewood to Tacoma. The two left lanes will close.
    Work Schedule: Each night Feb. 15 to Feb. 18 from 10:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following day.

    Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 130.1 - 124.5
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Pothole repairs and median sweeping on southbound I-5 from Tacoma to Lakewood. The two left lanes will close.
    Work Schedule: Feb. 19-22, from 10:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

    Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 11.8 - 12
    Contact: Tony Kilmer, 360-357-2763
    Description: Light pole installation on westbound SR 16 in Gig Harbor. The shoulder will close.
    Work Schedule: Saturday, Feb. 15 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

    Highway: SR 410 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 21.8
    Contact: Tony Kilmer, 360-357-2763
    Description: Bridge maintenance on the PSPL Canal Bridge in Buckley. Single lane alternating traffic will be in place.
    Work Schedule:  9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.

    Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0 - 0.3
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Guardrail repair on the eastbound SR 512 ramp to northbound I-5. The ramp will close.
    Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 to 4 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

    Highway: SR 706 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2 - 9
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Removing slide debris from ditches and culverts on both directions of SR 706. Drivers may see one-way alternating traffic controlled by flaggers.
    Work Schedule: Everyday, Feb. 10-18 from 10 a.m. until 3:30 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.