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SR 167 - 8th to 277th Southbound HOT Lane - Complete December 2016

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October 2017

The SR 167 HOT lane extension is open to tolled, single occupancy vehicles as of Dec. 17, 2016.

What you need to know to use the HOT lanes.

For detailed lane and ramp closures, please visit our Construction Update Report website.

This project widened SR 167 to add a lane in the southbound direction and extend the existing High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes system south on SR 167 in the Green River Valley. Expanding the successful 9-mile SR 167 HOT lanes connects King and Pierce County communities to vital employment hubs in the Puget Sound area.

Extending the southbound HOT lane from its existing end point at 37th Street Northwest in Auburn to Eighth Street East in Pacific will reduce congestion and improve mobility, traffic flow and safety on SR 167. 

Completed work:

    • Striping, earthwork, electrical, drainage and signs, Winter 2017
    • Install toll equipment, Winter 2016
    • New lane extension open to transit and carpoolers, Fall 2016
    • Widened southbound SR 167 in order to make a new HOT Lane, Fall 2016
    • Repaved southbound SR 167 between 15th Street Southwest and Eighth Street E in Pacific, Fall 2016
    • Installed ramp meters at the SR 167 on-ramps at 15th Street, Ellingson Road and Eighth Street East, November 2016
    • Improved intersections at the southbound off-ramps at Ellingson Road and Eighth Street E, November 2016
    • Constructed fish passage north of 8th Street East, August 2016
    • Opened 3.5 miles of the new lane extension, June 2016
    • Built a single lane bridge over SR 18, May 2016
    • Constructed two noise walls, April 2016
    • Completed paving of new lane between 277th and SR 18, April 2016
    • Reconstructed the on-ramps at 15th Street SW, April 2016

Why is WSDOT building this project?
The project will provide congestion relief for commuters in the southbound direction, particularly in the afternoon rush hour. 

The End Result
This project extended the southbound HOT lane from south of 37th Street Northwest in Auburn to Eighth Street East in Pacific.

The project will provide congestion relief for commuters and freight carriers, improve safety, and provide commuter options. When it opens, the project will also maintain fast, toll-free trips for HOV users (transit, vanpools, carpools, and motorcycles).

Project Benefits

  • Safety:  Safety features include updated elements such as new guardrail, pavement striping, drainage improvements, illumination and signage.
  • Congestion relief: Extending the HOT lane further south will ease congestion and provide a smoother commute for drivers.  It will be especially helpful for southbound commuters heading home during the evening commute.
  • Environmental Benefits: Crews built stormwater facilities and a floodplain storage site to collect and filter roadway runoff before it released into area streams and wetlands, improving water quality for salmon and other wildlife. They also upgraded culverts in the project area to improve fish passage.

What is the project timeline?

  • Summer 2014 - Advertised Design-Build Request for Proposals
  • Summer 2015 - Construction began
  • December 2016 - Project opened to traffic

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 816701C
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $83,927
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $0
CWA $0
Total $83,927

Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

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How can I get more information?
Contact:
Craig Smiley, Public Information
425-456-8624

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