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HOV makeover in Tacoma requires squeeze at SR 16/I-5 connection
Eastbound SR 16 drivers near I-5 can expect delays, congestion through spring 2017

Temporary but significant changes are coming for drivers who use the eastbound State Route 16 on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 in Tacoma. The change will allow crews to continue efforts to extend HOV lanes into Tacoma, but a similar configuration in 2015 created routine backups on SR 16 approaching I-5.

Weather permitting, on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 5, the eastbound SR 16 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane through spring 2017. In the event of inclement weather, the changes will be rescheduled.

The work zone space created by reducing eastbound SR 16 to one lane at northbound I-5 will allow crews to build new road approaches to the newly constructed bridge over Interstate 705/State Route 7. That new bridge will eventually carry all northbound I-5 traffic, and existing northbound I-5 lanes will be converted to HOV lanes.

Once the lane reduction is in place, eastbound SR 16 travelers merging onto northbound I-5 can expect congestion and delays, particularly during the morning and afternoon commute hours. Drivers headed north of Tacoma who encounter backups are encouraged to consider detouring onto State Route 7, to South 38th Street (east), and looping back onto the SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5.

See additional information about this change at the WSDOT Blog.


Crews are building a new path for northbound I-5 in Tacoma




Work continues for I-5 HOV projects in Tacoma

Lane closures
Drivers may encounter single- and double-lane closures in both directions of I-5 between Port of Tacoma Road and M Street.

Ramp closure through September
Southbound I-5 exit to southbound State Route 7 is closed around the clock to all vehicles through the end of September. The closure is associated with the continued demolition of the East McKinley Way overpass. 


Night ramp closures
Saturday, Oct. 1
12:01 a.m. – 6 a.m.
• Closing southbound I-5 exit to I-705 and East 26th Street.
• Closing I-705 on-ramp to southbound I-5.
1 a.m. – 5 a.m.
• Closing mainline northbound I-5. I-5 traffic will be detoured via I-705, State Route 509 and Portland Avenue. 


11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3-4, until 4 a.m. each following morning
• Closure of the northbound I- 5 collector-distributor exit to northbound Interstate 705 and southbound State Route 7
• Closure of eastbound SR 16 on-ramp to northbound I-5
• Closure of South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5

11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 until 4 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6
• All lanes of northbound I-5 near South 38th Street will be rerouted onto the parallel northbound I-5 collector/distributor and detoured via either SR 7 or I-705.

11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, until 4 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7
• Closure of the northbound I-5 collector-distributor exit to northbound I-705 and southbound SR 7
• Closure of eastbound SR 16 on-ramp to northbound I-5
• Closure of South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5

11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, until 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.
• Closure of the northbound I-5 collector-distributor exit to northbound I-705 and southbound SR 7
• Closure of eastbound SR 16 on-ramp to northbound I-5
• Closure of South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5





New Pacific Avenue overpass opens in Tacoma,  East McKinley Way overpass closed

A key route into and out of downtown Tacoma is now open. The new Pacific Avenue bridge at Interstate 5 has opened to one lane of traffic in each direction. The overpass is also open for use by bicyclists and pedestrians. Crews will continue work to complete the overpass. The bridge ultimately will have a four-lane configuration, a 6-foot-wide sidewalk and a 14-foot-wide shared-use path. 

At the same time, East McKinley Way at I-5 is closed to all traffic. The closure will allow crews to demolish and rebuild the overpass. The closure will be in effect around the clock and is expected to last up to 18 months. During that time, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will detour to Pacific Avenue.

Rebuilding the overpass is part of the effort to expand I-5 HOV lanes into Tacoma.
East Mckinley Way at I-5 in Tacoma is closed
 
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