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2014 Construction in the Tacoma area

The projects below are being highlighted because they are either in urbanized travel areas or will have unusual impacts to traffic. For more information on these projects, please contact WSDOT Olympic Region Communications staff during office hours at 360-357-2789 or by emailing 

Want to see WSDOT construction efforts? Take a look at the 2013/2014 Construction Season Projects Map

Night closure planned for Eastbound SR 16 at Nalley Valley

Nighttime drivers should plan ahead for a total night closure of eastbound State Route 16 at South Union Avenue.

At 11 p.m. Monday, April 28, crews will close all eastbound SR 16 lanes at South Union Avenue and the South Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16.

During the closure, motorists will be detoured via South Union Avenue. The roadway and ramp will reopen by 4:30 a.m. the following morning.

The closure is needed while crews remove temporary supports known as forms and falsework used during the construction process.

This work is part of the I-5/SR 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project, which is scheduled to be complete this summer.

Public invited to WSDOT open house about I-5 – JBLM Area Corridor – Planning Study

Residents and highway users are invited to learn more and share their thoughts about potential improvements for Interstate 5 through the JBLM vicinity.

Washington State Department of Transportation staff will host an open house to discuss alternatives being explored to improve traffic flow through the area which serves approximately 119,000 vehicles a day. No formal presentation is scheduled, and those interested in attending are welcome to come any time during the three hour open house.

When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Where: Eagles Pride Golf Course
Mounts Road Southwest
DuPont, WA
I-5 at exit 116

WSDOT has been working closely with representatives of local governments, transit agencies, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, JBLM, Federal Highway Administration, and regional planning organizations to identify the causes of congestion in this area of I-5 and develop potential improvements.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting the WSDOT Diversity/ADA Affairs team at or by calling toll-free, 855-362-4ADA (232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.

SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge Replacement Project

Drivers using SR 167 in both directions will experience brief a rolling slowdown between midnight and 2 a.m. on Friday, April 18 for utility work.

The Design-Build team of Atkinson/Jacobs is finalizing the design of the new steel plate girder bridge superstructure to allow steel fabrication to begin soon.

The project team has established a staging area and is preparing to begin construction in May. Crews will construct a temporary alignment east of the steel truss bridge. Crews will move the bridge to the new route to allow construction of the new bridge.

Crews previously installed steel plates along the under side of the bridge’s steel truss to reinforce the structure so legal-weight trucks can continue to use the 89-year old bridge until a replacement bridge is complete in 2015.

Trucks weighing over 80,000 pounds (overweight loads requiring permits) remain prohibited from crossing the bridge. Trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds are restricted to the right lane.

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