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Daytime lane closures occur at I-5/South 38th Street interchange in Tacoma
Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will repair a culvert, which will require the closure of two lanes during daytime hours on Thursday, March 6, and Friday, March 7.
The closures will be in effect from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. Pending work progress, crews may repeat the closures on Saturday, March 8.
Lane closure details:
• Right lane of southbound Interstate 5 exit to South 38th Street.
• Right lane of westbound South 38th Street at I-5.
Motorists should expect delays and increased congestion, and should plan extra travel time to reach their destinations.
I-5 M Street Bridge and I-705 Overcrossings Seismic Retrofit
The northbound State Route 7 ramp to northbound I-705 and the left lane of the northbound I-5 exit to northbound I-705 and Tacoma City Center will remain closed around the clock until early April. Signed detours are in place for the ramp closure. The closures allow a contractor working for the Washington State Department of Transportation to seismically retrofit bridge columns in the area.
Crews will install steel jackets on the bridge columns and widen the cross beams to reinforce the bridges. These upgrades improve the integrity and performance of the bridges in the event of an earthquake.
SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge Replacement Project
Crews have completed work to reinforce eight areas of the northbound State Route 167 Puyallup River Bridge, ending a series of night closures that were scheduled to continue through early February. In addition, night closures are no longer required on Fourth Street Northeast and North Levee Road East.
Crews installed steel plates along the under side of the bridge’s steel truss to reinforce the structure so legal-weight trucks can continue to use the 89-year old bridge until a replacement bridge is complete in 2015.
Trucks weighing over 80,000 pounds (overweight loads requiring permits) remain prohibited from crossing the bridge. Trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds are restricted to the right lane.
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