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Construction in the Tacoma area

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

Drivers who use a segment of 20th Street East in Fife are encouraged to prepare for a construction-related road closure and detour that begins at 6 a.m. Monday, March 9. The road closure and detour 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

Night I-5 ramp and lane closures slated for Tacoma

Ramp closures:
From 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, crews will close the northbound I-5 collector/distributor exit to northbound I-705.

At 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, March 2-4, the northbound I-5 collector/distributor exit to northbound Interstate 705 will close. The exit will reopen at 4 a.m. each following morning.

From 11 p.m. Thursday, March 5 through 4 a.m. Friday, March 6, the southbound I-705 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close.

From 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday, March 6, the northbound I-5 collector/distributor exit to northbound I-705 will close.

Lane closures:
From Monday through Thursday, March 2-5, northbound and southbound I-5 drivers also may encounter night single lane closures between M Street and Portland Avenue. The lanes will reopen each following morning.

Continued around-the-clock ramp closures:

  • The Pacific Avenue on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5 in downtown Tacoma will close until mid-March. Drivers will be detoured to I-5 via State Route 509 and Interstate 705.
  • Southbound Interstate 5 exit to State Route 7 remains closed until early March, 2015 for construction of a stormwater retention pond.
  • Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 remains closed until spring 2015 for bridge construction.
  • A-Street on-ramp to northbound I-5/southbound SR 7 remains closed until spring 2016 for bridge construction.

    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.

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