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Construction in the Tacoma area

Night ramp closures continue for Tacoma I-5 HOV projects

10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 5-7, to 6 a.m. each following morning
Southbound Interstate 705 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close.

Additional night ramp closures

Thursday, Oct. 8

11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning, northbound I-5 collector/distributor exit to northbound I-705 and State Route 7 will close.

Saturday, Oct. 10
From 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. the southbound I-705 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close.

In addition to the above mentioned ramp and lane closures, the following are long-term closures related to two I-5 HOV projects in Tacoma.

Continued ramp closures

Northbound State Route 7 on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5.
A Street on-ramp to northbound Interstates 705/I-5.


Overnight closures Oct. 6-7 at Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll plaza for annual maintenance

Nighttime drivers traveling on eastbound State Route 16 across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge should plan for two nights of lane closures, Oct. 6 and 7, as crews perform annual toll equipment maintenance.

Before starting work at the toll plaza each night, crews will close the on-ramp from 24th Street Northwest to eastbound SR 16 at 8 p.m.

Crews will then close all of the Good To Go! electronic toll lanes by 10 p.m. All of the Good To Go! lanes and the 24th Street ramp will reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning. During the closures all vehicles will be detoured through the toll booths.

Alternate route for eastbound SR 16 drivers going to northbound I-5

Tired of the recent long backups on eastbound SR 16 heading to 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).

Eastbound SR 16 alternate route to northbound I-5

Long-term closure of 20th Street East in Fife in place through 2017

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.


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