Weekend closure slated for busy Portland Avenue intersection in Tacoma
Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead for a full weekend closure of a busy Tacoma intersection and a northbound Interstate 5 exit.
From at 11 p.m. Friday, July 29 through 4 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, the intersection of Portland Avenue and East 28th Street and the northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close to traffic. The closures allow contractor crews to finish rebuilding the intersection, which involves regrading and paving.
Drivers can expect additional congestion while traffic is detoured around the intersection and off-ramp. The work is weather-dependent and could be rescheduled.
Maintenance work closes, shifts lanes on eastbound Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Nighttime drivers using the eastbound State Route 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge can expect fnight lane closures for bridge and toll equipment maintenance.
10 p.m. Wednesday, July 26-27, to 6 a.m. the following day: Crews will close all of the eastbound Good To Go! electronic toll lanes. During the closures all eastbound vehicles will be detoured through the toll booths. Crews will also close two left lanes across the eastbound Tacoma Narrows Bridge for expansion joint repairs.
8 p.m. to 11 pm. Thursday, July 28: Crews will close the on-ramp from 24th Street Northwest to eastbound SR 16 for toll equipment maintenance.
Summer re-route of I-5 exit to 26th Street/Tacoma Dome underway through September
Drivers will notice a temporary re-route while heading to the 26th Street/Tacoma Dome exit from the northbound I-5 collector/distributor.
Those drivers are temporarily being detoured to southbound SR7, to 38th Street, and loop around back to northbound SR 7.
Drivers using the northbound I-5 collector/distributor to I-705 are able to continue to downtown Tacoma, however they will not be able to reach the 26th Street exit.
Drivers using the SR 7 ramp are able to exit to 26th Street/Tacoma Dome and continue to northbound I-705.
The temporary configuration will remain in effect through September.
Why is this happening?
Crews are creating an access point from which to excavate a concrete-lined vault full of soil contaminated with petroleum products left from original Interstate 705 construction.
The vault work is a continuation of work that occurred in 2013 when two similar vaults in the same area were removed. While it is necessary to remove the vault and material for continued project construction, the contaminated soil does not represent a health or safety threat to the public or the environment.
HOV construction requires night ramp, lane closures
• 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday, July 29 – All southbound lanes of I-5 will detour via Exit # 133/City Center and Interstate 705.
Drivers can expect additional weeknight single- and double-lane closures for both directions of I-5 between M Street and Port of Tacoma Road.
- Single-lane closures generally begin after 8 p.m.
- Double-lane closures generally begin after 10 p.m.
Monday, July 25
• 10 p.m. – northbound I-5 exit to northbound State Route 167 (River Road) will close, until 4 a.m. the following day.
Alternate route for eastbound SR 16 drivers going to northbound I-5
Tired of ackups 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).