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Construction in the Tacoma area


 


 

Night ramp and lane closures on Tacoma area highways 


Lane closures
Wednesday and Thursday, May 4-5
At 11:59 p.m. all lanes of northbound I-5 near South 38th Street will be routed onto the northbound I-5 collector/distributor and detoured via either SR 7 or I-705. All lanes will reopen by 4 a.m.

Drivers may also encounter night single- and double-lane closures on northbound and southbound I-5 between M Street and Port of Tacoma Road.

Ramp closures
Wednesday, May 4
• Southbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16/South 38th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Drivers will detour via the I-5/56th Street interchange.
• East 27th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.
• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.

Thursday, May 5
• Southbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16/South 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Drivers will detour via the I-5/56th Street interchange.
• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.

Friday, May 6
• Northbound collector-distributor exit to northbound I-705 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning. 


 

Pacific Avenue ramp reopening, I-5 changes configuration

Crews working to expand HOV lanes into Tacoma also are replacing the original surface of I-5. In order for the work to continue on southbound I-5, a new traffic switch is in place through summer.  


Reconfigurations
• Southbound I-5 drivers heading to either South 38th Street or westbound SR 16 also will need to merge into the right lanes of southbound I-5 before reaching the construction zone.
• Drivers heading to southbound I-5 from both I-705 and Pacific Avenue to continue along the South 38th Street collector/distributor. Drivers will connect to southbound I-5 south of SR 16.


Long term ramp closures

  • Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 is closed for construction through winter 2017.
  • A Street on-ramp to northbound I-5/southbound SR 7 is closed for construction through project completion.

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

Tired of backups on eastbound SR 16 heading toward 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).

   
Alternate northbound I-5 map

 

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