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Construction in the Tacoma area

I-5 concrete panel work continues Aug. 26-29 in Tacoma & Lacey

Crews will finish replacing 21 concrete panels on northbound Interstate 5 in Pierce and Thurston counties during the overnight hours. Closure details are as follows:


Friday, Aug. 28  - Lacey
• Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane at milepost 109.7, just north of the Martin Way on-ramp, in Lacey. Lane closures will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28. All lanes will reopen by 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29.

Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30 - Tacoma
• Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane at milepost 129.5, just south of the 72nd Street interchange, in Tacoma. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29. All lanes will reopen by 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 30.

 Friday night, Aug. 28 closure scheduled for Tacoma-area ramps

Previously announced Saturday & Sunday closures have been cancelled due to weather.

Drivers are advised to plan ahead if their Friday night adventures include going into downtown Tacoma from northbound Interstate 5. Beginning Friday, Aug. 28 at 11 p.m., three northbound I-5 exits in the area will close during overnight hours.

The three affected ramps are scheduled to close as follows:
1. Northbound I-5 exit to City Center (#133)
a. Closing from 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29.
b. Traffic will be detoured via Portland Avenue.

2. Northbound I-5 collector/distributor exit to northbound Interstate 705
a. Closing from 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29.
b. Traffic will be detoured via Portland Avenue.

3. Northbound I-5 collector/distributor exit to southbound State Route 7
a. Closing from 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29.
b. Traffic will be detoured via Portland Avenue.


The southbound I-5 exits to I-705, the City Center and SR 7 will all remain open over the weekend.


In addition to the above schedule, drivers in the Tacoma area can also expect the following freeway ramp closures:

Friday, Aug. 28
• Northbound I-5 collector/distributor exit to both SR 7 and northbound I-705 will close from 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m.


Saturday, Aug. 29
• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m.

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Night closures scheduled for East 28th Street through August

Crews are busy with an effort to install water lines and roadway drainage, and to repave East 28th Street in Tacoma.

  • The work will require East 28th Street to be closed to all traffic between Portland Avenue East and East Bay Street from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each weeknight through the end of August.

Signed detours will direct traffic around the closures. Drivers headed to northbound Interstate 5 will be detoured via East 26th Street; those going to State Route 167 will be detoured via East 29th Street.

This work is part of WSDOT’s ongoing I-5: Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road – Northbound HOV project.


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Alternate route for eastbound SR 16 drivers going to northbound I-5

Tired of the recent long backups on eastbound SR 16 heading to northbound I-5? Try this alternate route, which uses the SR 7 U-turn at South 38th Street.  We've clocked it, and when backups at the merge are heavy this will take you about half the time! Just make sure that as you're heading up the hill on SR 7, take the route to South 38th Street east (not west).

  
Eastbound SR 16 alternate route to northbound I-5


In addition to the above mentioned ramp and lane closures, the following are long-term closures related to two I-5 HOV projects in Tacoma


Continued ramp closures

  • Northbound State Route 7 on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5.
  • A Street on-ramp to northbound Interstates 705/I-5.


Long-term closure of 20th Street East in Fife in place through 2017

The road closure is needed while crews build a new northbound Interstate 5 bridge over the Puyallup River. The bridge, which will be built adjacent to the existing northbound I-5 bridge, will be wider and straighter than the existing bridge, and will feature a new northbound high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane. Other improvements will also be made on I-5 between Portland Avenue in Tacoma and the Port of Tacoma Road in Fife.

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Tips for Driving Through Work Zones

  • Pay attention - driver inattention is the number one cause of work zone accidents.
  • Leave room between you and the car ahead of you - most work zone accidents involve someone running into the car ahead of them. Drive defensively - be aware of what is happening around you.
  • Merge into the proper lane before you reach the work zone.
  • Don't use cell phones or adjust your radio while driving through the work zone.

Summer construction season map for Pierce county (pdf 443kb)

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