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Northbound I-5 exit #133 to Tacoma city center is closed until mid-November 2017 

Contractor crews building HOV connections between I-5 and SR 16 have closed the northbound I-5 city center exit #133 through mid-November 2017. Northbound I-5 drivers headed to I-705 and SR 7 can use exit #132, which is the SR 16 and 38th Street exit and is located just before #133. You can watch a video of the detour on WSDOT's YouTube channel.

  • During the closure, crews are building new northbound lanes, a new northbound I-5 bridge and a new northbound I-5 off-ramp to Tacoma’s city center. They will also start building new HOV lanes for both eastbound and westbound SR 16 traffic merging to I-5.
  • This project is the third of three designed to improve the I-5/SR 16 interchange and provide a direct connection of HOV lanes between the two highways. WSDOT and the design-build team Skanska and WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff produced a second video that gives drivers a better understanding of the overall project.

HOV ramp and lane closures 

Overnight single- and double-lane closures on both directions of I-5 between Port of Tacoma Road and the Tacoma Mall are scheduled multiple nights next week between the hours of 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day. The work is weather dependent. 

Weather permitting, over the weekend of April 28, crews working on HOV connections near the Tacoma Mall will re-stripe southbound I-5 during overnight hours. Once the re-stripe is finished, drivers will notice shifted lanes to the west with narrow shoulders. This traffic shift is the first of three steps to create a work zone so crews can build direct connect HOV lanes between SR 16 and I-5.

Friday, April 28

  • Southbound I-705 ramps to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.
  • East 38th Street ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • East 28th Street ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • From 2 a.m. until 5 a.m. Saturday, April 29, all lanes of southbound I-5 will be detoured at Bay Street, SR 509,  I-705, and back to southbound I-5 for striping.

Monday, May 1

  • Northbound I-5 exit to northbound SR 167 will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • East 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Southbound I-705 exits to northbound I-5/SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.

Tuesday, May 2

  • Southbound I-5 exit to SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to 38th Street near the Tacoma Mall will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.
  • All lanes of northbound I-5 will be detoured at exit #132 to I-705 and SR 509 from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday, May 3.

Wednesday, May 3
• Southbound I-5 exit to East 27th Street and East Bay Street will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.
• Southbound I-5 exit to SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
• East 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
• Eastbound SR 16 to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• Southbound I-5 exit to 38th Street near the Tacoma Mall will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.
• Southbound I-705 exits to northbound I-5/SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.

Thursday, May 4
• Northbound I-5 exit to northbound SR 167 will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• East 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
• Southbound I-5 exit to 38th Street near the Tacoma Mall will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.

Friday, May 5
• Northbound I-5 exit to northbound SR 167 will close from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following day.

Northbound SR 7 ramp to northbound I-5 closed for construction

NB SR 7 ramp to NB I5

An around-the-clock closure of the northbound SR 7 ramp to northbound I-5 has been extended into April due to wet weather. Excessive rain and wet soils have slowed progress by crews reconstructing a new ramp that will join a newly widened I-5. WSDOT will announce an opening date once that information is available. 

  • Since March 1, crews have saw-cut and removed over 500 truckloads of soil and concrete, and have installed new drainage, lighting and electrical systems. They have started constructing the new ramp, but they require dry weather to successfully build an embankment and pave and stripe the new ramp.
  • Drivers are detoured around the closure via I-705, SR 509 and northbound I-5. The detour will remain in place until the ramp reopens to traffic.
  • Once the new ramp is finished, crews will reconstruct the southbound I-705 ramp to northbound I-5. The reconstruction work will require closing that ramp over a weekend. Both ramps will open to traffic after that point. 

Special note
During this closure, eastbound SR16 drivers using SR 7 as a detour will not be able to return to northbound I-5 via northbound SR 7.


NB SR 7 ramp to SB I-5 closed for construction

  • The northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 is expected to reopen in early fall 2017. The ramp remains closed for safety purposes during construction.


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

Crews are building a new path for northbound I-5 in Tacoma Temporary changes are underway for drivers who use the eastbound SR 16 on-ramp to northbound I-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.

The eastbound SR 16 on-ramp to northbound I-5 is reduced to one lane through spring 2017.

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.

Eastbound SR 16 travelers merging onto northbound I-5 can expect congestion and delays, particularly during the morning and afternoon commute hours.

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 winter 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. 

 
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