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Construction in the Tacoma area

Upcoming extended closure of Pacific Avenue overpass in Tacoma

Starting Monday, April 6, work to demolish and rebuild the Pacific Avenue overpass will begin. The overpass will be closed around the clock for 11 months or longer, depending on weather. All Pacific Avenue traffic will be detoured. If all goes according to schedule, in March 2016 the Pacific Avenue overpass will reopen to two lanes - one lane of traffic in each direction. Two months later in May, 2016, all lanes will reopen over the new Pacific Avenue overpass.

Pacific Avenue detour map

For additional information, check the I-5 - M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV project web page and via a downloadable map (pdf 318 kb). 

Information about the Tacoma Avenue South Bridge Closure is available at the City of Tacoma.

For a host of commute options check with Downtown: On the Go! and Pierce Transit.

In addition to the below closures, three around-the-clock ramp closures remain in place:
Southbound I-5 to State Route 7 
Northbound SR 7 to southbound I-5
A Street to Interstate 705

Friday, March 27
At 11 p.m., the northbound I-5 exit to northbound SR 167 will close. The exit will reopen at 7 a.m. the following morning.

At 12:01 a.m., the southbound I-705 exit to northbound I-5/southbound SR 7 will close until 4 a.m.

Wednesday, April 1
At 10 p.m., the southbound State Route 167/Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close until 6 a.m. the following day.
At 11 p.m., the northbound I-5 collector/distributor exit to southbound SR 7 will close until 4 a.m. the following day.

Friday, April 3
At 12:01 a.m., the northbound I-5 collector/distributor exit to SR 7 will close until 4 a.m.

Lane and shoulder closures
From Monday through Thursday, March 30-April 2, drivers may encounter night lane and shoulder closures on I-5, SR 7, and the northbound I-5 collector/distributor lane (from State Route 16 and South 38th Street).

City of Tacoma streets
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, drivers will see single lane closures on East 27th Street and Wiley Avenue.

I-5 HOV construction project kicks off with two-year closure of Fife city street

A segment of 20th Street East in Fife is closed. The road closure and detour (see below) will be in place for two years.

The road closure is needed while crews build a new northbound Interstate 5 bridge over the Puyallup River. The bridge, which will be built adjacent to the existing northbound I-5 bridge, will be wider and straighter than the existing bridge, and will feature a new northbound high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane. Other improvements will also be made on I-5 between Portland Avenue in Tacoma and the Port of Tacoma Road in Fife.

20th Street East roadway closure and detour map

Tips for Driving Through Work Zones

  • Pay attention - driver inattention is the number one cause of work zone accidents.
  • Leave room between you and the car ahead of you - most work zone accidents involve someone running into the car ahead of them. Drive defensively - be aware of what is happening around you.
  • Merge into the proper lane before you reach the work zone.
  • Don't use cell phones or adjust your radio while driving through the work zone.

Summer construction season map for Pierce county (pdf 443kb)

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

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For more information on these projects, please contact WSDOT Olympic Region Communications staff during office hours at 360-357-2789 or by emailing