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Work removal of construction ‘island’ on southbound I-5 in Tacoma

Drivers traveling through Tacoma on southbound I-5 will notice a change in highway configuration near the Tacoma Dome that, weather permitting, could be in place in time for the morning commute on Saturday, June 25.

Crews currently plan to work overnight on Friday, June 24, to remove the construction ‘island’ that for the last few months has modified exit and on-ramp locations from I-5 to/from SR 16, Interstate 705 and South 38th Street. Removing the island will return southbound I-5 and its ramp locations to their customary configuration. The work requires roadway striping that is weather-dependent, and the work may be delayed until the next dry night.

In preparation for those lane adjustments, all lanes of southbound I-5 will be detoured during the early morning hours preceding the realignment. Additional ramp closures will also be required as indicated below.

Night before opening southbound I-5 without island
East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.
Southbound I-705 and Pacific Avenue on-ramps to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. the following day.
Southbound I-5 exits to South 38th Street and westbound SR 16 will close from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. the following morning. Drivers will detour via the I-5/South 56th Street interchange.

Morning of opening southbound I-5 without island
1 a.m. to 4 a.m.– All southbound lanes of I-5 will detour via Exit # 133/City Center and I-705.


Lane closures
11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 30, to 4 a.m. Friday, July 1
All lanes of northbound I-5 near South 38th Street will be routed onto the northbound I-5 collector/distributor and detoured via either State Route 7 or Interstate 705.

Drivers can also expect additional weeknight single- and double-lane closures are also planned for both directions of I-5 between M Street and Port of Tacoma Road.


Additional ramp closures

Friday, June 24

  • East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.

Monday, June 27
• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.
• Northbound I-5 collector-distributor exit to northbound I-705 and southbound SR7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.

Tuesday, June 28
• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.
• Northbound I-5 collector-distributor exit to northbound I-705 and southbound SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.

Wednesday, June 29
• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.
• The following ramps will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning:
o Southbound I-5 exit to City Center
o Southbound SR 167 (River Road) on-ramp to southbound I-5
o Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5.

Thursday, June 30
• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning. 

 

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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