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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 bakerc@wsdot.wa.gov. 


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



Northbound I-5 in Tacoma reduced to one lane

Construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will remove a temporary sign mounted above northbound Interstate 5 near the City Center exit (#133).

To ensure the safety of motorists, northbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane at the exit from 11 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, to 4 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Removing the sign is part of the final push to complete WSDOT’s I-5/State Route 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project.

These northbound I-5 lane closures are in addition to previously announced Tacoma-area freeway ramp and lane closures this week for the adjacent I-5 – M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV project.



Multiple lane, ramp closures scheduled on I-5 between Lakewood and Lacey

The project to build “smart highway” devices from Lakewood to Lacey will require crews to reduce Interstate 5 to one lane over two nights.

Drivers also will encounter ramp closures as crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation continue work for theI-5 - SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management andI-5, SR 510 to SR 512 ITS & Ramp Revisions projects.

The work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled in the event of rain.

Tuesday, Sept. 30
At 10 p.m., northbound and southbound I-5 near Mounts Road in DuPont will be reduced to one lane in each direction. All lanes will reopen at 4 a.m. the following day.

Wednesday, Oct. 1
The Center Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5 and the southbound I-5 exit to Mounts Road will close at 10 p.m. Both will reopen at 4 a.m. the following day.

Thursday, Oct. 2
At 11 p.m., southbound I-5 in Lakewood will be reduced to one lane, and that one lane will be redirected through the I-5/Thorne Lane interchange. All lanes will reopen at 4 a.m., Friday, Oct. 3.

Friday, Oct. 3
At 11 p.m., northbound I-5 in Lakewood will be reduced to one lane, and that one lane will be redirected through the I-5/Thorne Lane interchange. All lanes will reopen at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Beginning at 8 p.m. each weeknight next week, drivers will also encounter single-lane closures in both directions between Lacey and Lakewood. All lanes will reopen at 5 a.m. each following day.


Ramp and lane closures slated for Tacoma-area highways

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close a number of Tacoma-area freeway ramps and lanes during the week of Sept. 29.

Monday, Sept. 29
• State Route 7/Interstate 705 on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 will close at 11 p.m.
The on-ramp will reopen at 4 a.m. the following day. Crews will also close the right shoulder of the Pacific Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 at 7 p.m. The shoulder will reopen at 6 a.m. the following day.

• At 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, crews will close the left lane of the northbound I-5 exit to I-705. The lane will reopen at 5 a.m. each following day.

• At 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 29-Oct.1, crews will close the right lane of northbound I-5 between I-705 and the Puyallup River Bridge. The lane will reopen at 5 a.m. each following day.

Wednesday, Oct. 1
• In addition to the above closures, the SR 7/I-705 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close at 11 p.m. The on-ramp will reopen at 4 a.m. the following day.

Thursday, Oct. 2
• In addition to the lane closure on the northbound I-5 exit to I-705, crews will close the right lane on northbound I-5 between I-705 and the Puyallup River Bridge from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Friday, Oct. 3.

Friday, Oct. 3
• The on-ramp from the northbound I-5 collector/distributor (collecting traffic from State Route 16/City Center/South 38th Street) on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close at 12:01 a.m. The on-ramp will reopen at 4 a.m. A signed detour will be provided.

Saturday, Oct. 4
• The northbound I- 5 exit to SR 7 in Tacoma will close at 12:01 a.m. Drivers will follow a signed detour via I-705 and State Route 509/South 21st Street. The exit will remain closed through the weekend and will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6.

The work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled in the event of rain.


This work is part of the I-5: M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV project.

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