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2014 Construction in the Tacoma area

The projects below are being highlighted because they are either in urbanized travel areas or will have unusual impacts to traffic. For more information on these projects, please contact WSDOT Olympic Region Communications staff during office hours at 360-357-2789 or by emailing 

Want to see WSDOT construction efforts? Take a look at the 2013/2014 Construction Season Projects Map

Expect night lane closures on SR 16

TACOMA – Necessary repairs to bridge railing on the State Route 16 pedestrian bridge just east of North Jackson Avenue in Tacoma will require three westbound lanes to close.

Crews will begin closing westbound SR 16 lanes at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. By 10 p.m. two westbound lanes will be closed. By 11 p.m., the third lane will be closed. The right westbound lane will remain open for traffic.

These closures are necessary to ensure the safety of motorists driving under the pedestrian bridge.

All lanes will reopen by 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

Expect SR 509 delays during daytime lane closures

Lengthy backups are anticipated for several days as crews continue work on State Route 509 in Tacoma.

Crews will close lanes during the day on SR 509 between Alexander Avenue East and Taylor Way Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 18-20.

Southbound SR 509 lane closures will occur from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 19-20.

Work that occurs at those intersections has the potential to backup traffic on both Alexander Avenue and Taylor Way.

Crews will embed traffic detection loops into the roadway and complete sidewalk ramps. This work was rescheduled from last weekend because of inclement weather.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area if at all possible.

I-5/SR16 Eastbound SR 16 Nalley Valley

The I-5/State Route 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project reached its last major milestone shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, when the Washington State Department of Transportation opened two new ramps from South Sprague Avenue to northbound and southbound Interstate 5. Read more...

I-5 - M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV

Crews are gearing up to begin a three year project on Interstate 5 in Tacoma. The work will lay the foundation for new HOV lanes roughly between M Street and L Street in Tacoma. Check the project page for detour routes during the staged demolition of the Pacific Avenue and McKinley Way (D Street) overpasses. Drivers, residents, and business owners can also sign up for email updates about the project.

First responders plan exercise at SR 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge

TACOMA – First responders will use the eastbound State Route 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge as a location for an annual training event to strengthen their skills to deal with a real emergency.

A special unit from the Tacoma Police Department will practice response techniques between 9 a.m. and noon on Friday, Aug. 22. Motorists should be prepared for possible visual distractions during the exercise, such as crews climbing on the bridge cables.

Both Tacoma Narrows Bridges will remain open to traffic during the planned training.

SR 16 Olympic Drive overpass work underway

Work to repair the State Route 16 Olympic Drive overpass is underway. The overpass was struck and damaged by an over-height load in 2013.

Motorists will encounter weeknight single-lane closures on west and eastbound SR 16 approaching Olympic Drive NW, and on Olympic Drive NW itself. Construction crews initially will install temporary striping, guardrail and signs.

Westbound SR 16 lane closures are scheduled Monday through Friday, August 4-8, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Eastbound SR 16 lane closures are scheduled for the same nights between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. Olympic Drive NW itself will be reduced to two lanes, one lane in each direction, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

This project will continue through the end of the year, and will involve at least four full, overnight closures of westbound and eastbound SR 16. Traffic will keep moving during the full closures by using the Olympic Drive NW off- and on-ramps. The Washington State Department of Transportation will announce these full closures when they are scheduled.

WSDOT is repairing the damaged bridge girder by installing a new girder on the westbound half of the bridge. In addition to restoring the integrity of the overpass, the westbound lanes of SR 16 will be restriped to gain just over two inches of vertical clearance, and new overhead signs will be installed.

The intention of the Washington State Department of Transportation is to recoup costs to the agency resulting from the girder damage and repairs from the responsible party.

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