SR 167 - Completion Project

Status

November 2017

  • The SR 167 Steering and Executive committees met regularly with the SR 509 Steering and Executive committees over the past 18 months. These groups reviewed design options, technical analysis and funding options for the projects. You may view the preliminary preferred scenario and other information in our latest project folio.

Why is WSDOT proposing to complete State Route 167?

SR 167 is the primary freeway connecting the Kent and Puyallup River valleys to the Seattle/ Tacoma/Bellevue metropolitan area. The original planned route for the highway ran from Renton to Tacoma, but construction halted near Puyallup in the 1980s before the freeway could be completed to Tacoma. 

The SR 167 Completion project will build the remaining four miles of SR 167 between Meridian and I-5, completing a long-planned connection to I-5. The project also includes a two mile connection from I-5 to the Port of Tacoma.

The SR 167 project is a critical missing link in the state's highway network. Its completion will benefit the movement of freight, while improving safety and reducing congestion on local roads and highways in the surrounding area.

 

The End Result

This new highway segment when completed will provide two general purpose lanes in each direction between Puyallup and I-5, and one lane in each direction between I-5 and the Port of Tacoma.

When completed, drivers will see a divided highway with access points at interchanges in key locations: SR 509, 54th Avenue, I-5, Valley Avenue East and SR 161.

 

Project Benefits

  • Freight connections - Completes critical freight links between the Port of Tacoma and the manufacturing and industrial areas in Pierce County. 
  • Regional mobility - Reduces congestion on local roads and highways by providing improved east-west travel.
  • Intelligent transportation - Improves safety and manages congestion with tolling.
  • Multi modal connections - Connects walking/biking trails, including the Interurban Trail.
  • Environmental enhancements - Restores wildlife and aquatic habitat, improves water quality, and provides connectivity to local pedestrian trails.
  • Regional job and economic growth - Supports regional job growth and economic growth associated with the state's two largest ports.

 

What is the project timeline?
SR 167 was funded over a 16-year timeline. Based on the funding plan under Connecting Washington, major construction for a first stage would likely begin in 2019, and a second stage would begin in 2025. The first stage of construction on SR 167 will begin at NE 70th Avenue and I-5.

 

Financial Information
The tables below highlight past and future funding sources used by WSDOT to fund this project. 

 

Funding by Source  Spent to Date 
 2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)  $59.6 million
 2005 Gas Tax (Partnership Funding)  $70.2 million
 Other State Funds  $8.5 million
 Federal Funds*  $22.1 million
 Local Funds  $0.5 million
Total - previous funding $160.9 million

*TEA-21 High Priority, SAFETEA-LU, National Corridors

 

Funding by Source   New Funding
 Connecting Washington  $768 million
 Local Funding  $70 million
 Toll Funds  $95 million
 Total - new funding  $933 million

 

How can I get more information?
Contact:

Steve Fuchs
Project Manager
360-357-2623

Emily Mannetti
Public Information 
206-462-6358

Project map of future construction on SR 167
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Construction of this project will extend SR 167 from its junction with SR 161 to SR 509.

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