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Tacoma Area Construction

Overnight closure of South Tacoma Way on Friday, April 20
Contractor crews building direct connect HOV lanes between State Route 16 and Interstate 5 will close South Tacoma Way overnight Friday, April 20 for a concrete pour.

From 11 p.m. Friday, April 20 to 7 a.m. Saturday, April 21, drivers who use South Tacoma Way will be detoured to Center Street via South Wilkeson and South Pine streets. Local access will be maintained on South Tacoma Way between South Pine Street and South Sprague Avenue.

Detour map for South Tacoma Way closure near SR 16 overpass

Additional overnight closures of South Tacoma Way will occur as work progresses sometime in May and June. WSDOT will announce those dates once they become available.

Weekly lane and ramp closures for HOV construction

Monday, April 23

  • The northbound SR 7 on-ramp, southbound I-705 on-ramp, and the Pacific Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • Southbound SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Pacific Avenue at South 32nd Street will be controlled by flaggers from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday for sign installation.

Tuesday, April 24

  • Southbound SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 25

  • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to northbound SR 167 will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, April 26

  • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to northbound SR 167 will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.

Friday, April 27

  • All lanes of northbound I-5 will detour through the Portland Avenue interchange and across the new Puyallup River Bridge from 11:59 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. Law enforcement will be at the Portland Avenue intersection to assist with traffic control.

Single and double lane closures are scheduled each night on northbound and southbound I-5 between Port of Tacoma Road and S. 56th Street. Lane closures are also scheduled during overnight hours for eastbound State Route 16 between S. Union Avenue and S. Sprague Avenue.

Temporary southbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes removed

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation on the I-5 M Street to Portland Avenue HOV project have removed the barrier that had created a temporary southbound Interstate 5 collector/distributor (c/d) between L Street and State Route 16. As of 4 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, southbound I-5 on this project is in its near-final configuration. Travelers are now driving on a new roadway surface.  Crews are now able to begin work on Pier 3 of the McKinley Way/D Street overpass. 

Changes for the Eastbound SR 16 and S. 38th Street merge to northbound I-5

Contractor crews have reduced the State Route 16 approach to northbound Interstate 5 to a single lane. This temporary change allows construction crews access to a workzone while they continue work on the project.

This ramp configuration has been in place previously and has caused delays. This temporary configuration will be in place through fall 2018 while crews finish the project. To help eastbound SR 16 and S. 38th Street travelers bypass some of the anticipated backups, WSDOT encourages drivers to try an alternate route that uses SR 7. More information about this route is available on WSDOT’s YouTube video.

Travelers who use the ramp may want to plan extra time into their commute.

New northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge opens to ramp traffic
The new 1,569 foot northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge opened to ramp traffic on Saturday, Oct. 28. Drivers who use the 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will cross the new 1,569 foot Puyallup River Bridge prior to merging with mainline I-5 traffic.
Drivers on northbound I-5 heading to the Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street East will exit mainline I-5 south of the river and cross the new Puyallup River Bridge to reach the interchange. The new exit is approximately a half-mile south of the current exit.

View this new configuration on Flickr.

McKinley Way overpass being rebuilt

  • East McKinley Way at I-5 in Tacoma closed to all traffic so crews can rebuild the overpass to accommodate a wider I-5. The roadway isn't expected to reopen to traffic until late summer 2018.  Until the overpass is 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. Crews recently installed the first nine girders on the new McKinley Way (East D Street) overpass, which will span Interstate 5. Watch a quick time lapse video taken on Nov. 30 of the girders going up on WSDOT's YouTube channel.

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.