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SR 167 - 8th to 277th Southbound HOT Lane

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Detour route for the weekend closure in August

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Aug. 2016

Southbound SR 167 closed in Pacific this weekend

Between 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 and 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, crews will fully close: 

  • All lanes of southbound SR 167 between Ellingson Road and 8th Street East
  • The 8th Street East off-ramp from southbound SR 167

See the detour route (pdf 3.8 MB) to plan ahead.  

Over the weekend, crews plan to:

  • repave 1 mile of southbound SR 167
  • finalize the highway’s permanent configuration
  • install the west half of the Jovita Creek 368-foot fish-passable culvert that crosses under the southbound lanes of SR 167


These upgrades are designed to improve traffic flow and safety for commuters as well as provide environmental benefits by improving fish passage through Jovita Creek.

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

This project will widen 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 will connect 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 NW in Auburn to Eighth Street E in Pacific will reduce congestion and improve mobility, traffic flow and safety on SR 167. 

What’s next:

    • Constructing fish passage north of 8th Street East, August 2016
    • New lane extension opens to transit and carpoolers, Fall 2016
    • Installing toll equipment, Winter 2016
    • Project Complete, Early 2017

Ongoing work:

    • Widening southbound SR 167 in order to make a new HOT Lane, Fall 2016
    • Repaving southbound SR 167 between 15th Street Southwest and Eighth Street E in Pacific, Fall 2016
    • Installing ramp meters at the SR 167 on-ramps at 15th Street, Ellingson Road and Eighth Street East, November 2016
    • Improving intersections at the southbound off-ramps at Ellingson Road and Eighth Street E, November 2016

Completed work:

    • 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 will extend the southbound HOT lane from south of 37th St. NW in Auburn to Eighth St. E. 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, and drainage improvements. The illumination system and signing will also be upgraded. 
  • 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 will build 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 will also upgrade culverts in the project area to improve fish passage.

What is the project timeline?

  • Summer 2014 - Advertise Design-Build Request for Proposals
  • Summer 2015 - Construction begins
  • Early 2017 - Project opens 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.

¿Cómo puedo obtener más información?

How can I get more information?
Contact:
Sharif Shaklawun, Project Engineer
253-661-3358

Caitlin Morris, Public Information
425-450-2559

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