SR 167 Completion Project

Project news

  • We finalized our National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Re-Evaluation of the 2006 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). We are conducting a NEPA Re-Evaluation online open house to provide information about the re-evaluation and the opportunity to comment on it. The online open house will be available from January 14 to February 13, 2019.
  • Our first Request for Qualifications (RFQ), for the SR 167/70th Avenue E. Vicinity Bridge Replacement Project, was posted on WSDOT’s Contract Ad and Award Design-Build Projects webpage in late October. We expect to select a contractor in June and begin construction in the fall.
  • We’re currently stockpiling surplus clean fill dirt from other large construction projects for future use by the SR 167 Project. Dirt is being delivered and stored on WSDOT right of way near the Puyallup Recreation Center. This and future deliveries of approved fill dirt will help reduce project costs.
  • We have now acquired over 80 percent of the needed right of way land for the planned improvements. If you have specific questions about property to be purchased for the SR 167 Completion Project, please contact Allen Partin, the project real estate manager, at partinc@wsdot.wa.gov or (360) 357-2718.
  • The Access Hearing scheduled for March 14, 2019 has been postponed. We will provide an update once we reschedule the hearing. The Access Hearing will provide property owners next to the proposed SR 167 alignment the opportunity to comment on how the project will affect the access to their property once the project is complete.
  • Prior to this project, WSDOT built a new bridge on N. Meridian St. over the Puyallup River in Puyallup. The old bridge, a historic 1925 steel truss bridge, was relocated on nearby state property. WSDOT is offering the public an opportunity to relocate and preserve the bridge off state property by June 2019. Historical documentation, an expired Request for Proposals, and amendment documentation on this offer are available for review. Any parties interested in pursuing this opportunity through June 2019 may still contact Steve Fuchs at 360-357-2623, or via email at fuchss@wsdot.wa.gov, for more information.

Needs & benefits

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.
     

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.

Funding

The SR 167 Completion Project is funded as part of the Puget Sound Gateway Program. Funding for the total Puget Sound Gateway Program is $1.88 billion; $1.57 billion will come from the Connecting Washington Revenue Package, tolling will be $180 million, and local contributions will be $130 million. The SR 167 Completion Project will receive $1 billion of the Program’s total funds.

For more information about funding, visit the Puget Sound Gateway Program page.

Contact

Steve Fuchs
Project Manager
360-357-2623

Chris Hoffman
Public Information
206-387-2050

Project map of future construction on SR 167

Construction of this project will extend SR 167 from its junction with SR 161 to SR 509.
 

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