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Tacoma Area Construction

Crews remove construction ‘island’ on southbound I-5 in Tacoma

Drivers traveling through Tacoma on southbound I-5 will notice a change in highway configuration near the Tacoma Dome.

Crews removed the construction ‘island’ that for the last few months has modified exit and on-ramp locations from I-5 to/from SR 16, Interstate 705 and South 38th Street. Removing the island returned southbound I-5 and its ramp locations to their customary configuration.

HOV construction requires night ramp, lane closures

Lane closures

Thursday, June 30

  • From 11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 30, to 4 a.m. Friday, July 1, all lanes of northbound I-5 near South 38th Street will be routed onto the northbound I-5 collector/distributor and detoured via either State Route 7 or Interstate 705.

Drivers can expect weeknight single- and double-lane closures for both directions of I-5 between M Street and Port of Tacoma Road.

  • Single-lane closures generally begin after 8 p.m.
  • Double-lane closures generally begin after 10 p.m.  

Ramp closures

Wednesday, June 29 

  • East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.
  • The following ramps will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning:
    Southbound I-5 exit to City Center
    Southbound SR 167 (River Road) on-ramp to southbound I-5 
    Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5.

Thursday, June 30

  • East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning. 

Alternate route for eastbound SR 16 drivers going to northbound I-5

Tired of backups on eastbound SR 16 heading toward northbound I-5? Try this alternate route, which uses the SR 7 U-turn at South 38th Street.  We've clocked it, and when backups at the merge are heavy this will take you about half the time! Just make sure that as you're heading up the hill on SR 7, take the route to South 38th Street east (not west).

Alternate northbound I-5 map